The Invisible Hand of God

There was a very pious old man who lived in a small town; he was a man of great faith. On account of a terrible storm there was flash flooding in his town. He lived on the second floor and as soon as they heard the news, his neighbours came to see him. They asked the old man, who they knew was alone, to come with them as they were leaving before the waters rose any more. He thanked them but refused to go saying “You needn’t worry; God will take care of me.”

A few hours passed and water had entered the first level. Firemen came in their truck and brought the ladder to his window. They told him that this part of the town was being evacuated and that he must go with them. Again the old man refused saying “Not to worry; God will save me.” Another few hours passed and the water had entered his apartment. The army arrived in a helicopter overhead, they let down a rope ladder and beg the old man to grab hold. Again the old man refused in every confidence that God would save him. Soon after the old man drowned.

When the old man arrived in Paradise, he meets God but feels a little bitter at being left to drown. He asks God “I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. I was a man of great faith. I was certain you would save me but you let me drown.” To which God responds “First I sent your neighbours, then the firemen and then the army! What more do you want?!”


God works through other people and likewise we can best serve God by serving others. The hand of God is quite subtle, almost invisible. I remember it best said in an episode of Futurama in which Bender meets God. God tells Bender “You have to use a light touch… When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all.”


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. treadmarkz
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 15:36:59

    this one is applicable to anyone in any place and of any faith. great!


  2. montrealnd
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 18:22:51

    wonderful. thanks for sharing.


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