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June 24, 2012 / Man in the Mirror

The West Wing: Season 1, Episode 14: Not Blindly Relying on God

“You know, you remind me of the man that lived by the river. He heard a radio report that the river was going to rush up and flood the town. And that all the residents should evacuate their homes. But the man said, ‘I’m religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.’ The waters rose up. A guy in a row boat came along and he shouted, ‘Hey, hey you! You in there. The town is flooding. Let me take you to safety.’ But the man shouted back, ‘I’m religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.’ A helicopter was hovering overhead. And a guy with a megaphone shouted, ‘Hey you, you down there. The town is flooding. Let me drop this ladder and I’ll take you to safety.’ But the man shouted back that he was religious, that he prayed, that God loved him and that God will take him to safety. Well… the man drowned. And standing at the gates of St. Peter, he demanded an audience with God. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘I’m a religious man, I pray. I thought you loved me. Why did this happen?’ God said, ‘I sent you a radio report, a helicopter, and a guy in a rowboat. What the hell are you doing here?'”

I love this because I used to be that man in the quote. When I was in a tough situation, I thought that if I pray and believe in God, He will fix everything for me. People who I was surrounded with said the same thing to me ‘Don’t do anything, leave it to God’. And so I spent four years doing nothing and waiting for God to do something instead. But in the meantime, I had experts, religious people, family and friends tell me that things were not right and I needed to do something about it. Unfortunately I kept waiting for God to take some action.

Finally, it hit me….God does love me as His creation and He never wants to see anyone suffering. He gives us ways and means to take action within our rights to protect ourselves.

And so I did take action…and I learnt to trust God more…and He helped me every step of the way!

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