I have heard/read this story a couple different ways but no matter which version, it expresses the bottom line, well. As is one of the points of this blog, God works throughout our lives…in the day to day. All things are His servants (Psalm 119:91)!
A terrible flood had come to the city. Water was rising to record levels and the streets had become impassable. A very faithful and pious man was forced to the second floor of his house for safety, and he began to pray that God would deliver him from the flood. He truly believed that God would answer his prayer. As he looked out his window a police speedboat came by the front of his house, calling for evacuations and offering rescue. The man thanked them for their efforts, but refused a ride. "God will save me," he announced with more than a little bit of pride. The water continued to rise, and moments later a neighbor came floating by in a canoe, and the neighbor called to the man. "We have room for one more. Come with us and we'll find shelter from the storm." The man thanked his neighbor, but told him not to worry about it. "My God will save me." Soon the flood waters had risen to the point that the man had to climb on his roof. A Navy rescue helicopter arrived on the scene and began to lower a ladder to the man. He waved them away, saying "You should help someone else. God is going to save me." Within the hour, the current swept the man off of his roof and he drown.
When the man reached heaven, he stood before God and expressed his frustration. "I was always faithful. I obeyed your laws, I tithed, I taught Sunday school. While others panicked and sought other help, I believed you would save me. You promised you would never leave or forsake me. Where were you in my hour of greatest need?" God looked at the man and let out a deep, passionate sigh. "My dear son...I sent you a speedboat, a canoe and a helicopter. What else did you want?"
Do you see God at work in your life?
19And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. 20To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Philippians 4:19-20. NIV.)