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January 25, 2023

The Parable Of The Flood

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This is for anyone who has been working hard and waiting for their breakthrough - for that opportunity to knock or that piece to fall into place. I’m going to share a little story and while it does have religious language in it, the concept applies far beyond the religious context.


A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon overflow and flood the nearby homes. They ordered everyone in the town to evacuate immediately.

A faithful Christian man heard the warning and decided to stay, saying to himself, “I will trust God and if I am in danger, then God will send a divine miracle to save me.”

The neighbors came by his house and said to him, “We’re leaving and there is room for you in our car, please come with us!” But the man declined. “I have faith that God will save me.”

As the man stood on his porch watching the water rise up the steps, a man in a canoe paddled by and called to him, “Hurry and come into my canoe, the waters are rising quickly!” But the man again said, “No thanks, God will save me.”

The floodwaters rose higher, pouring water into his living room and the man had to retreat to the second floor. A police motorboat came by and saw him at the window. “We will come up and rescue you!” they shouted. But the man refused, waving them off saying, “Use your time to save someone else! I have faith that God will save me!”

The flood waters rose higher and higher and the man had to climb up to his rooftop.

A helicopter spotted him and dropped a rope ladder. A rescue officer came down the ladder and pleaded with the man, "Grab my hand and I will pull you up!" But the man STILL refused, folding his arms tightly to his body. “No thank you! God will save me!”

Shortly after, the house broke up and the floodwaters swept the man away and he drowned.

When in Heaven, the man stood before God and asked, “I put all of my faith in You. Why didn’t You come and save me?”

And God said, “Son, I sent you a warning. I sent you a car. I sent you a canoe. I sent you a motorboat. I sent you a helicopter. What more were you looking for?”


I share this to bring awareness to our role in life. We cannot wish things into existence, we must play an active role in making them so. The truth is, we live in an abundant world where we already have access to everything we need. That lucky break is always happening right now. The once in a life-time chance exists in every moment. 

When you raise your awareness to see all of the forms that these things are taking, and you gain the courage to take action on it, that’s when things really start to happen. But if you’re wishing and waiting for something to intervene and do it for you, it’s going to be a while.

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