Friday, January 24, 2014

Parable of the Flood

There is a well known parable of a man facing a flood.  As the waters pour in, he is forced to the roof of his house.  There he prays fervently, "Please God, save me!"  Shortly after that, a rowboat with two men comes by.  They offer to take him to safety, but he replies "No, I am waiting for God."

"Very well then," say the rowers, and they row away.  Shortly thereafter, a speedboat comes by.  The captain offers a ride to safety. 

"No thanks," says the man.  "I am waiting for God to rescue me."  The captain respects his choice and leaves.

As the flood waters are about to cover the roof of the house, a helicopter comes overhead.  "Quickly!  Climb aboard the ladder," shouts a man from the helicopter. 

"No!"  Shouts back the man.  "I have faith, God will save me!"  The helicopter reluctantly leaves, with the man still stranded.  The flood waters overcome him, and he drowns.

As the man stands in front of God in heaven, he is confused and says, "God, why did you not save me from the flood?  I had complete faith that you would." 

"Save you?" God answers.  "I sent you two boats and a helicopter!  What more did you want?"

The moral of the story is that we must participate in our own lives.  When you call out for God or the divine, help will arrive over and over again, but you must meet Him where he comes.  You must be alert for His presence in your life.  There is also a hidden meaning in that God works through each and every one of us, as He did in the boat captains and helicopter pilot.

I try to pray every morning that God will work through me that day, in the little and big things I may do.  Perhaps I'm meant to smile at a stranger, so that they may break out of their negative fog.  Perhaps I am to comfort and be there for my little one, so that he may know God's love through me. 

Big miracles may happen, but it is in the little things that we can do together that have the most impact upon our world.  I see the divine in the recycling bin, helping to save our planet.  I hear the divine in the voice of a stranger, uttering a kind word.

Isn't it wonderful that we are all capable of these small things?  Small acts of kindness are also proven to lift our mood and improve our immune systems, even when we just witness the act. 
What shall you do today?



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