Today I’m reminded of a story I’ve heard over the years about a man who trusted God in every situation.
Until this one particular day.
He was drowning during a flood. Literally. And prayed intently to the Lord to save him. He had unquestionable faith and knew his God would save him.
A man came by in a rowboat and told the drowning man to get in and they’d row to safety. But the drowning man refused, saying simply “Thank you, but my God is going to save me.” So the man rowed away to rescue someone else.
Another man came by in a large motorboat, actually a yacht, filled with people. They were obviously having a party on board.
“Hang on,” the boat captain said, “we’re lowering a lifeboat to come get you! You’ll be safe”!
But the drowning man simply thanked the boat captain and replied, “I’ll be fine. My God is going to save me.”
The captain shook his head and called the lifeboat back. And they went on their way.
The drowning man continued to
pray for the Lord to save him, because he was becoming exhausted. The water was getting colder, and he knew he couldn’t tread water much longer.
Just then a helicopter appeared overhead and started dropping him a lifeline. “Grab hold of it, sir, and we’ll pull you up to safety!”
But again the man refused. “My God will save me,” he said. So the helicopter flew away, pulling its empty lifeline up as it went.
The next thing the man knew, he was standing in front of the Lord. “Why, Lord? Why did you not save me? I prayed. I believed.”
“My son, I heard your cries,” the Lord began. “And I answered. I sent two boats and a helicopter to rescue you. But you refused my help. Just because the help I sent you wasn’t what you expected, didn’t mean I wasn’t helping you. I answer prayers in My way. It’s up to you to accept what I do.”
Why tell this story now?
Think about what’s going on today. We pray for help, but because we don’t get that help in the form we expect, or even demand, we think our prayers aren’t being answered.
But did anyone stop to think that our being saved from this pandemic may just involve the scientists that have received extensive training in their fields and are providing ways to keep us safe? That the medical knowledge they are using is an answer to prayers? Just not the way we expected it. Or demanded it.
The scriptures speak of physicians and doctors. One of Jesus’ disciples was a physician.
I have seen miracles firsthand of healing not necessarily through medical intervention, because the doctors had tried all they knew to try. But our prayers called forth a heavenly hand of healing and miracles were seen. It happens.
I’ve known people healed from serious, even life threatening events, because the doctors and nurses had the training and the knowledge to know exactly what to do.
I’ve also seen others pass away even though a chorus of prayers were diligently prayed in faith believing for a miracle. Medical science couldn’t do it, and God did it in His own way.
Our way isn’t always how we think
it should be, and God’s way is also not always how we think it should be. Who are we to tell our creator he isn’t doing things the way He should? Isn’t that telling Him we know better than He does?
Who are we to insist certain things are wrong because they’re based on science and not faith? The way I see it, the Lord gives us knowledge. He gives us people who can use that knowledge to help others.
Because He has a plan that only He knows. And He knows the outcome of that plan.
Who are we to insist we know better than the God we profess to love?
How many times will He answer our prayers with boats and helicopters instead of the way we insist He do it?
And how many times will we refuse the help we’ve prayed for because that help doesn’t fit into what we expect?
Is that what you might be doing?