Benton First UMC Blog

Grace Note for September 21, 2015

Hello, I'm David Russell and this is a GRACE NOTE.

During a severe flood in a Midwestern community, the water had covered the streets several feet deep. A man was sitting on his porch, and the water level was even with the porch. Two men came by in a rowboat, pulled over to his porch and said, “Hop in, we’ll take you to safety.” He replied, “Not me, thanks, the Lord will help me.”

The water continued to rise and the man moved to the roof. Two men came by in a motorboat. They pulled over to his porch roof and said, “Hop in, we’ll take you to safety.” He replied, “Not me, thank you. The Lord will help me.”

The water rose to the roof of his house, and he was on the chimney when a helicopter came by. The pilot hovered above and let down a rope ladder. “Climb up and we’ll take you to safety.” He answered, “Not me, thank you. The Lord will help me.” The water continued to rise and the man drowned.

When he got to heaven, he spoke to the Lord. The man said, “I’ve always gone to church, read my Bible, given my tithe, and said my prayers. There I was in great need of your help. Where were you when I needed you?” The Lord replied, “Where was I? I sent you two boats and a helicopter. What more do you want? The man had failed to realize that when God reaches out to people he uses the nearest willing hand or rowboat or helicopter and uses that.

GRACE NOTES ARE BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE PEOPLE OF THE BENTON FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.

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