Be the Ladder. Be the Neighbor

How often do you look to be saved? Saved from hardship, saved from pain, or perhaps even spared from being stuck in traffic?

This question came to me the other day and I was reminded of the story of the man who lived by the riverbanks and was ordered to evacuate for fear a flood would soon be upon the town. The man ignored the warning and decided to stay, saying to himself “I will trust God and if I am in danger, then God will save me.”

The neighbors came by his house and said to him, we’re leaving and there’s room in our car, please come with us!” But the man declined, “I have faith that God will save me.”

The waters began to rise, a neighbor came by on a canoe and paddled by, calling to him, “Hurry and come into my canoe, the waters are rising quickly!” But the man again said, “No thanks, God will save me.”

The flood waters rose higher and higher and the man had to climb up to his rooftop. A helicopter dropped a rope ladder and the rescue officer came down the ladder and pleaded with the man, “Grab my hand and I will pull you up!” But the man STILL refused, saying, “No thank you! God will save me!”

Shortly after, the house broke up and the floodwaters swept the man away and he drowned.

When in Heaven, the man stood before God and asked, “I put all of my faith in You. Why didn’t You come and save me?”

And God said, “Son, I sent you a warning. I sent you a car. I sent you a canoe. I sent you a motorboat. I sent you a helicopter. What more were you looking for?”

People all around us are looking for help. We are called to be the neighbor, the canoe, the ladder for one another.

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