Hello to you. It’s early Wednesday morning as I write to you. This morning I was reminded of a story Kyle and I frequently reference in times of national or global tragedies.
The story is about how often people pray to be saved from the dire circumstances they are in be it a flood like in the story I’m sharing or anything else that is or feels life threatening. God answers the prayers but most do not see God’s answers. I am guilty of this in my own life. We are expecting something obvious, sweeping and bold…a Superman, an angel or even hand from the sky to scoop us up to safety. Even lift us out of whatever personal hell we are mired in. From my own experiences in God’s earth school….things don’t work that way.
So many of us have been praying and praying each time those we hear about in the news, know, love and care about are taken down by another’s hand or their own. Be it a natural disaster, a lone gunman or even an army. These are warnings and even if we don’t want to think so, I believe the work of God too. I believe God has two sides just like all of creation does. Sometimes, unfortunately, I believe God has to be the “bad cop.”
Many will say this recent tragedy isn’t about gun control, more gun control isn’t the answer. I would say they are partially correct. We have a mental health crisis in this crisis in this country and we have a problem with enforcement of even the flimsy existing gun control laws already on the books. People like this latest shooter are literally slipping through the cracks.
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The story about how many are reacting to the warnings:
God Will Save Me
A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon overflow and flood the nearby homes. They ordered everyone in the town to evacuate immediately.
A faithful Christian man heard the warning and decided to stay, saying to himself, “I will trust God and if I am in danger, then God will send a divine miracle to save me.”
The neighbors came by his house and said to him, “We’re leaving and there is room for you in our car, please come with us!” But the man declined. “I have faith that God will save me.”
As the man stood on his porch watching the water rise up the steps, a man in a canoe paddled by and called 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 floodwaters rose higher pouring water into his living room and the man had to retreat to the second floor. A police motorboat came by and saw him at the window. “We will come up and rescue you!” they shouted. But the man refused, waving them off saying, “Use your time to save someone else! I have faith that God will save me!”
The flood waters rose higher and higher and the man had to climb up to his rooftop.
A helicopter spotted him and dropped a rope ladder. A 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, folding his arms tightly to his body. “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?”