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There was once a faithful man who prayed every day and completely trusted in God’s goodness. However, he lived in a flood plain and the forecast was grim — 40 days and 40 nights of rain. When the governor declared a voluntary evacuation, the police drove through the man’s neighborhood encouraging people to leave over their loudspeakers, but the man replied, “God will provide.”
After a few days of steady rain and as the waters began to rise into the streets, the voluntary evacuation became mandatory and National Guard trucks were sent in to help remainers move out. The faithful man politely thanked them and, refusing to leave, said, “God will provide.” When the water reached his front stoop, first responders were sent in skiff boats to help him out. He refused again, saying, “God will provide.”
The flood eventually reached up near the man’s second story where he was trapped for several days until the Coast Guard came by to pick him up. He graciously declined saying, “God will provide.”
Finally, the water was high enough to force him onto his roof. An Air Force helicopter was commissioned to rescue him, but he waved them off, attempting to shout over the engine noise, “God will provide!“
Shortly after, the floodwaters overcame the man and he drowned. When he arrived at the Gates of Heaven, he was confused and asked Saint Peter, “Why didn’t God save me? I’m a faithful man and I prayed daily.”
Peter scanned the record of the man’s last days and said, “Let’s see, we sent the police, the National Guard, first responders, the Coast Guard, and the Air Force. What the heck were you waiting for?“
David French’s answer might be, “I’m sure there were philanderers, fornicators, and insulting tweeters among the lawmen, the first responders, the National Guard, the Coasties, and the Zoomies. I was right not to go with them and no one else should have either.”Published in