A little story for The Sign People

Posted on March 9, 2012


One of my favorite stories to share with Sign People is the story of the man in the flood. I’m not sure who wrote this story or where it originated from, but it’s not mine and I don’t take credit for it. It’s a great story someone shared with me about a decade ago and I love it so I’m going to share it with you. If you’re a Sign Person, it’s particularly appropriate. 

The Man in the Flood

Once upon a time, there was a man who found himself caught in a dangerous flood. He lived in a town near a river and the river’s dam became cracked. When he realized that the town was flooding, he prayed to God to prevent him from drowning and God promised him that he would be saved.

 As the water continued to rise and became waist-deep, a man in a canoe came by and asked this man if he would like to get into his canoe. “No,” the man politely responded. “God promised that He’s going to save me.”

Later, as the water increased in depth, the man had to take shelter in the second story of his home. At that moment, a woman in a raft floated by, saw the man and shouted to him, “Get in my raft! The water’s only going to get higher.” Again the man politely responded, “No, thanks. God has promised that He’s going to save me.”

Like the woman said, the water continued to get so high that the man had to then go upon the top of his roof. Just then, a National Guard helicopter flew by and pleaded with the man to get in. “The dam cannot be fixed and will break soon! This is your last chance to get out of here!” The guards shouted to him. But the man politely refused. “God has promised to come and save me!” he said.

One hour later, the dam on the river broke and the entire town was washed away. The man was washed away with his home.

Suddenly, the man realized he was standing at the Pearly Gates. He realized that he must have drowned. Just then, he heard God speaking his name. Startled and angry, the man said, “God, you promised to save me from the flood! How is it that I have drowned?”

God replied, “I tried to save you. I sent a man in a canoe, a woman in a raft and the National Guard in a helicopter. It was YOU who sent them away.”