FatherSon Ventures

Building a Relationship through Adventure

Blessings from Above

Written By: Scot Butwell - Jan• 26•14


Today was a day to celebrate. My mom bought a new car and she gave me her 2001 Toyota Camry with only 62,000 miles on it.

Did  I mention we’re a single car family and our one old car runs badly?

Lately, we’ve been driving a longer way to church to avoid going up a hill and $552 worth of car repairs did not make it run better.

In fact, it ran worse.

“I don’t think the car is going to make it,” the Wife said going up a shorter hill this Sunday. “What are we going to do?  This car isn’t going to last long…”

The irony is, while our car is in bad shape, the Wife had been adamantly opposed against me accepting my mom’s car.

So I told her this story (as our car struggled to make it up the hill):

A man was stranded on his roof during a flood.  He prayed and asked God to rescue him.  Soon a man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.”

The stranded man shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and He will save me.”

So the rowboat went on. Then a motorboat came by. The fellow in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you.”

The stranded man said, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and He is going to save me. I have faith.”

So the motorboat went on.  Then a helicopter came by.  The pilot shouted down, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.”

The stranded man again replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and He is going to save me. I have faith.”

So the helicopter reluctantly flew away. Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned.

He went to Heaven and told God, “I had faith in you, but you didn’t save me.  I don’t understand why!”

God replied, “I sent you a rowboat, a motorboat and a helicopter…what more did you expect?”

You’ve probably heard this story. To me, it’s about being able to see God’s hand in everyday life situations.

When I finished telling her the story, the Wife told me God had spoken to her a few days earlier about accepting the car.

It had been a no-brainer to me. We needed a car, God saw our need, and He was providing through my mom’s generosity.

Her being so dead set against accepting the car had repressed my ability to praise God for His incredible goodness.

So I was thankful God spoke to my wife’s heart. We drove to the beach in our new car to celebrate with D in the backseat.

It was a beautiful day.

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