Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
“For you are my hope, O Lord; My trust, O God, from my youth.” (Psalm 71:5)
Though our heavenly Father has always been watching over my life, I can’t say that He had my trust even from my youth. It took me many years to connect to God and trust in His plans. In fact, God had been trying to get my attention for so long that I wonder why He didn’t give up on me.
It reminds me of the story of the man that was waiting for God to save him from the floodwaters. The man trusted that God would send a divine miracle to save him. The town officials warned residents to evacuate but he was confident that God was going to save him. The neighbors asked him to evacuate in their car with them and he said, “No, God will save me.” As the water rose up to the steps of the front porch, a man in a canoe paddled by and told him to jump in because the waters were quickly rising. Once again the man said, “God will save me.” The floodwaters poured into the house pushing him to retreat to the 2nd floor. A police officer came by on a motorboat, and the man still refused saying, “I have faith, God will save me.” The floodwaters rose higher and higher and the man went to his rooftop. A helicopter spotted him and dropped a rope ladder. But the man still refused saying, “No thank you, God will save me!” Shortly after, the house broke 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 answered, “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?”
For me, the helicopter dropped the rope and I finally grabbed onto it. My eyes were opened to the hope that our Lord provides. But what we have to remember is that we have a part in trusting God too – it’s an active role where we need to witness God’s signs and be active in His plan.
All mighty God,
rescue us from the floodwaters of life.
May we take an active role in finding shelter in the safety You provide,
In Your Name we pray.
Director of Volunteer Services, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital
JEREMIAH 1:1, 4-10 • PSALM 71:1-2, 3-4A, 5-6AB, 15 AND 17 •MATTHEW 13:1-9