There’s a story of a man who felt he was in total communion with God. He had faith, he trusted and he knew that God would rescue him from any kind of danger, loss or tragedy he might face in life. He had the mind of a believing Christian – right?
When the rains came and water flooded his house, he sat on the roof waiting for God’s intervention. Soon a man came by in a boat and offered to rescue him, but the man refused. He thanked his potential hero, but said that God would bring him to safety. So he sat on the roof waiting.
Soon another boat came by and then another. Each time, the “strong” Christian said he would be rescued by God, but thanks anyway. When a helicopter flew above him and threw down a rope for him to climb to safety, he again refused help.
Eventually the waters overtook him and he died and went to heaven. He asked why God didn’t intercede in his dilemma. God said to him that he had sent three boats and a helicopter, so he should’ve survived.
A silly story, but filled with truth. We often miss the boat (so to speak) because we are so busy looking for signs or God’s hand in whatever it is we’re going through. Now as so many are facing the anxiety of losing their jobs, their businesses, their income, their homes, they might look to God and say, “Why aren’t you rescuing us from this?”
God does intervene in our lives on a daily basis. There are times we can look back and see that He was right there all the time. When we’re going through tough times, however, we tend to blame Him or at least wonder why He doesn’t do something, give us a sign or at least answers to our prayers.
We’re in the midst of a storm right now. The world as we knew it is no more. We’re required to be distanced from our friends and family – to work from home – to wear gloves and masks for our own protection and that of others. Schools have closed. We’ve been deprived of sporting events, concerts, theatre productions, eating out, weddings, graduations, attending church and some of the most life changing events people look forward to. Why doesn’t God intervene?
We’re afraid of a disease that we know nothing about. We’re inundated with negative news. The future looks dim. The economy is taking a nose dive. Corruption continues in our country. False news occurs every day until we don’t know what to believe. Why doesn’t God do something?
Actually God is right in the middle of this crisis. He’s our constant companion when we feel lonely, depressed or anxious. He shields us with His mighty arms and even if we should endure this dreaded disease, He will carry us to eternal life in paradise. God never leaves us.
I’m tired of hearing messages of doom and gloom. We celebrated Easter only a couple weeks ago. We know how things are going to turn out. We don’t blindly sit and wait for God to give us some splashy solution to our current problems, but we know He will provide a way out for us. We still don’t know how to predict the weather accurately. We can’t stop the tornadoes or hurricanes. We don’t know what the future holds. So what do we do in the meantime? We continue to pray and place our trust in Him, and use the gifts He’s given us to get through this. We know that in the end, He wins.