August 28, 2005

A Little Tale

I was reading the paper this morning and a gentleman from New Orleans said something to the effect of, “We’re a Catholic town. We’re all praying for someone.”

I’m not discounting that. Nope. Not at all. That’s all those folks have right now as far as I’m concerned. But for those of them that thought prayer alone would get them by and turned down help or the chance to evacuate thinking ‘God would see me through’, I have a little story I heard when I was a teenager, that has stuck with me since. Some of you may have heard it.

The flood waters were rising and so a man went to his roof. A gentleman in a boat came by and said, “Brother, let me help you. Get in my boat and I’ll take you to safety…”

“Oh no,” the man replied, “my Lord will take care of me. I’ll be fine.”

The flood waters continued to rise and they were now half way up his roof. A gentleman in a helicopter flew over and yelled out, “Take this rope. Let me get you to safety!”

“Oh no,” the man yelled back, “my Lord will take care of me. I’ll be fine!”

The flood waters rose up past his roof, pulling him down and he drowned. Standing at the pearly gates of Heaven, he sees the Lord and says, “Why did you not save me, Lord?”

And the Lord replied, “I tried! I sent you a boat and I sent you a helicopter!”

Let us hope that everyone in New Orleans truly used their resources…

Posted by Boudicca at August 28, 2005 09:32 PM | TrackBack

That's one of my favorite jokes!

Posted by: caltechgirl at August 28, 2005 09:39 PM

CTG- Great minds think alike???

Posted by: Bou at August 28, 2005 10:05 PM

The first time I've ever heard that story when it was totally apropos of the situation. Good one, Bou.

Posted by: Indigo at August 29, 2005 01:59 AM

Amen, sister! Sometimes we wonder where God is only to find He was standing right there all along.

Posted by: Pam at August 29, 2005 12:27 PM

God helps those who help themselves, right?

Posted by: Momotrips at August 29, 2005 01:58 PM