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Rising Tides July 18, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Nature.

170px-Creation_of_the_Sun_and_Moon_face_detailA minister got caught in a flood. When the water was up to the porch of his church, a canoe came by and offered help.

“No, God will provide.”

The flood waters rose still higher until he found himself on the porch roof.  Again a canoe came by offering help.

“No, thanks.  God will save me.”

Soon the minister was clinging to the church steeple. A helicopter lowered a line and told him to grab on so they could pull him to safety.

“Thanks.  But God will save me.”

The waters continued to rise and he drowned in the raging flood waters. When he stood before God, he asked why he was allowed to drown. “Why didn’t you save me?”

“I sent you two canoes and a helicopter. What more did you want?”

Aah . . . that’s better!

“People always call it luck when you’ve acted more sensibly than they have.” ~ Anne Tyler

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)



1. Hariod Brawn - July 18, 2015

When I was a small child I used to pray every night for a new bike. Then I realised that The Lord doesn’t work that way, so I stole one and asked him to forgive me.

nrhatch - July 18, 2015

Yes! “God helps those who help themselves.” 😛

colonialist - July 18, 2015

Good thinking!

2. Jill Weatherholt - July 18, 2015

Good one, Nancy. Happy Saturday!

nrhatch - July 18, 2015

Thanks, Jill! Enjoy a full weekend’s worth of R&R.

3. reocochran - July 18, 2015

Ha ha ha, Nancy. I laughed but my mind had to take a serious turn hrre. Sorry.
So true about people of faith. Never get the Christian Scientists (no offense to a anyone reading this) because *God or a higher power* possibly created brains that understand science, medicine, surgery and so much more. Why not use these tools in life and not wait on something else to heal them?

nrhatch - July 18, 2015

Life is simpler for those who hang onto a naive faith in a divine caring paternalistic deity. No matter what happens, they can assure themselves that “it’s God’s will” since “God works in mysterious ways.”

They might find it impossible to navigate and embrace the “what is” without that crutch.

reocochran - July 18, 2015

Thanks for taking my response to your joke well. I did smile and enjoy it a lot. Happy days to you and take care!

nrhatch - July 18, 2015

Happy days to you too!

4. jo(e) - July 18, 2015


nrhatch - July 18, 2015

“He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.” ~ SPAM (a lot)

5. Judson - July 18, 2015

The minister at our church told that joke from the pulpit.

nrhatch - July 18, 2015

It’s a great reminder ~> don’t wait for a miracle when offered a lifeline.

6. Kate Crimmins - July 18, 2015

Good message here. Wake up and smell the coffee people!

nrhatch - July 18, 2015

Well put, Kate . . . and not just because I’m enjoying a morning cup of java juice. 😎

Kate Crimmins - July 18, 2015

Yeah, me too!

7. granny1947 - July 18, 2015

Lol from Freezing South Africa. Heard the joke about the bike on Mrs. Brown’s Boys today.

nrhatch - July 18, 2015

I got a kick out of the bike joke.

granny1947 - July 18, 2015

Me too.

8. L. Marie - July 18, 2015

I’ve heard that one! It’s a good one!!
Enjoy your weekend, Nancy!

nrhatch - July 18, 2015

Thanks, Linda. You too!

9. colonialist - July 18, 2015

Such people are too stupid to live, anyway!

nrhatch - July 18, 2015

It’s one way to weed out the gene pool. 😛

10. anotherday2paradise - July 18, 2015

Love this story, Nancy. I have known such people. 🙂

nrhatch - July 18, 2015

Same here, Sylvia. I’m always tempted to ask, “was your head with you all day?” 😛

11. Val Boyko - July 18, 2015

Good one! Love the comments as well.
You work in mysterious ways Nancy.
May your will be done.
At least for today 😉

nrhatch - July 18, 2015

Bwahaha! I’ve been in the flow today . . . with no need to swim against the current or face rising flood waters. :mrgreen:

Val Boyko - July 19, 2015

Keep em coming!

12. brickhousechick - July 18, 2015

Ha, ha!! Apparently, there is such thing as too much faith!!! Good one, Nancy! 😍

nrhatch - July 18, 2015

Hola, Maria! Hope your having a fun filled week.

13. Behind the Story - July 18, 2015

God sure told him, didn’t he? In real life, although this scenario may be a bit exaggerated, it calls to mind the Christian Scientists who refuse treatment.

nrhatch - July 18, 2015

Robyn said something similar ~ from this vantage point, it’s hard to see “god’s will.”

14. Barb - July 18, 2015

Nice one Nancy! Grab the opportunity whilst it’s there – it might not come again (whoever should provide it).

nrhatch - July 18, 2015

Agreed! We should take advantage of possibilities as they present themselves.

15. diannegray - July 18, 2015

When that door of opportunity opens, just run through it! I love this one, Nancy 😉

nrhatch - July 18, 2015

To infinite possibilities and opportunities! 😎

16. beeblu - July 19, 2015

Idjit 🙂

nrhatch - July 19, 2015

Yup . . . 3 strikes and he is OUT THERE!

17. Pix Under the Oaks - July 19, 2015

I had heard this before. Just read it to CH… he just nodded and grinned… 😀
Good Morning!

nrhatch - July 19, 2015

Good morning! I expect that this one has circled the globe a time or two . . . hundred!

18. Tiny - July 19, 2015

Great read! Apart from a good laugh, I think there might be a lesson here for the narrowly high-minded, if that makes sense.

nrhatch - July 19, 2015

It does. Glad you enjoyed a good laugh, Tiny.

19. Debra - July 20, 2015

There’s a lot of good life advice in that little joke! And I love the Anne Tyler quote, too, Nancy. I hope you had a great weekend leading to an even better week. 🙂

nrhatch - July 20, 2015

Thanks, Debra. Glad to hear you had a rainy, wet weekend. I’m sure your parched earth appreciated the refreshing drink!

20. Tammy - July 20, 2015

Yes, definitely a lesson in there Nancy.

nrhatch - July 20, 2015

Yes! When we LISTEN, anything in life can be our guide.

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