There is no doubt in my mind that the Almighty has a sense of humor. I also believe that all prayers are answered; sometimes the answer is no, sometimes the answer is not yet and sometimes the answer is not initially apparent to us.
I enjoy the articles of my fellow writer, James Collum; James writes on heath issues, particularly the negative impacts of dairy products. James also writes on historical facts about the great State of Mississippi; additionally James tickles our funny bones with his series, “Old Jokes and Old Tales”.
I enjoy the “Old Jokes and Old Tales” series and they often remind me of other old humorous stories. Here is an old humorous story that perhaps you have heard before; I don’t know who the original storyteller was, but I do believe it has a subtle spiritual message.
The rains are pouring down, there is no end in sight and a tremendous flood is expected. As the water comes up to the first floor of his house, a man moves his family upstairs. A rescue boat comes by. The boatman tells the man to get his family in the boat. The man replies, “No need, I have been praying and the Lord will take care of us.”
Well, the rain keeps on coming and a second boat comes by. The boatman yells, “Get in the boat the rain is not about to stop.” The man yells back from the house, “Thanks for your concern, but there is no need, I have been praying and I am sure the Lord will take care of us.”
Well, the rain keeps pouring down and now the man is on his roof with his family. A helicopter comes over head and the crewman yells, “We are here to save you and your family.” From the rooftop the man yells back, “Thanks friend, but no need, I have been praying and the Lord will take care of us.”
Sure enough the family drowns.
The family is met by Saint Peter at the Gates of Heaven; St. Peter tells the man, “You and your family have led a spiritual life and I would like to welcome you to Heaven.”
The man is upset and tells St. Peter, “You know, I was praying as hard as I could and we drowned.” Peter replied, “I can see you are upset, but please don’t worry, you are welcome into Heaven.”
The man still upset tells St. Peter, “I mean no disrespect and am grateful that my family and I are here in heaven; but I prayed and prayed and nothing happened, I feel like I was forsaken”. With that St. Peter replied, “Forsaken my son? We sent two boats and a helicopter.”
I hope you enjoyed this old tale.
I am sure you will enjoy the articles written by James Collum. Below is a link to his works.