It was flooding in California. As the flood waters were rising, a man was on the stoop of his house and another man in a row boat came by. The man in the row boat told the man on the stoop to get in and he’d save him. The man on the stoop said, no, he had faith in God and would wait for God to save him. The flood waters kept rising and the man had to go to the second floor of his house. A man in a motor boat came by and told the man in the house to get in because he had come to rescue him. The man in the house said no thank you. He had perfect faith in God and would wait for God to save him. The flood waters kept rising. Pretty soon they were up to the man’s roof and he got out on the roof. A helicopter then came by, lowered a rope and the pilot shouted down in the man in the house to climb up the rope because the helicopeter had come to rescue him. The man in the house wouldn’t get in. He told the pilot that he had faith in God and would wait for God to rescue him. The flood waters kept rising and the man in the house drowned. When he got to heaven, he asked God where he went wrong. He told God that he had perfect faith in God, but God had let him drown.
“What more do you want from me?” asked God. “I sent you two boats and a helicopter.”
While this joke is aimed towards the people that don’t accept help I’d like to look at the other side of the “joke”. Imagine this scenario.
There was a man stranded in the middle of an ocean, his ship had been destroyed by the huge waves and he was slowly losing the strength to stay afloat. A fisherman sees the man off in the distance ‘Should I save him? No, God will save him. God please send that poor man some help out of his precarious situation.’ Then the fisherman moves on. A bigger boat sees the man in the distance as well and the captain thinks the same thing. ‘God will save him if he’s supposed to be saved. God please help this poor man get to safety’ Then he leaves as well. A helicopter passes over the man and the captain says the same thing, ‘God please put someone in that mans path to save him.’ A few days later the three people see on the news that the very man they saw in the middle of the ocean was found dead by a cruise ship. They think angrily to God ‘Why didn’t you save that man? Why did he have to die?’ And maybe some day down the road they will realize that God tried to save that man, but they hadn’t listened to him.
We are all God’s hands and feet. Every single hurting person you see on the course of your life was put into your path on purpose. And like I said in my last post, you don’t have to do anything big. You don’t have to jump off the boat and save them and you shouldn’t jump off your boat to save them if you are not trained to do so. But you can smile at them. you can hug them. You can direct them to someone who is trained to help them. You can call for help for them. There is a large list of things you can do to help them.
All through out my life I reached out to people for help. I cried out for help, and every ones response would be “Pray to God, he’ll help you.” or “I’ll be praying for you” and then they walk away. They left me stranded in the middle of the ocean expecting God to do something and not realizing that they are that something. God put them in my life for a
reason but they ignored it. God acts through us.
Put yourself in that persons shoes. They are feeling helpless, confused, scared, and you told them to pray to God and then you walked away. You didn’t help them out of the water, you didn’t call another person over to help you. You gave your two cents of “wisdom” and walked away. What if, like me, they pray to God every day? Are you really telling them anything they didn’t already know? Also keep in mind. God made Adam and Eve. He didn’t just make Adam, and he didn’t just make Eve. We were not meant to just rely on him and him alone, he wanted us to have human companions as well.
So, my challenge to you is, when you see someone who looks like they are having a bad day, do something. Smile. Ask them how they are doing. Keep post it notes that say “You are loved” or “Here’s a free smile” or something else cute. My personal favorite is “Smile! It goes with your outfit”. If someone you know seems to be going though a lot and you don’t know how to help them, get help. You may not be equipped to help them but you are equipped to ask for help for them. And if you believe in God something you can always do at the end of the day as a added bonus, you can pray.
PS: Just to clarify, I’m not saying in any shape or form that praying is not powerful. I know it is powerful. I just wanted to point out that 9 times out of 10 those prayers are carried out by a human that listened to the Holy Spirit within them and took action. There are the miracles that God just does. But most of the time it is humans doing awesome things. So basically, if you feel compelled to give someone encouragement, do it.
Have a great day/week/month/year/life! 🙂