Many years ago there was a tiny village which was situated close to a river. Many people were living in the village happily. Almost all of them were doing prayers at the village temple (Church) on regular basis. Unfortunately on one day of monsoon season heavy rain started. Because of heavy rain, the river which was close to the village started overflowing. In just a few hours the entire village flooded. people of the village started leaving their homes in panic. They decided to go somewhere safe where they can stay for long.
One villager rushed to the temple in order to convince the priest to leave the village. He said “The river water is increased and the entire village is flooded. Our homes are filled with water. Everyone is decided and eager to leave the village. You should come with us. The temple is also getting filled with water. Everyone has decided to leave and find somewhere safe to stay.”.
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After listening to the men the priest said “I’m not atheist like you all people. I fully believe in God. I trust my creator he will come to save me. I’m not leaving the temple at any cost. You all may go.”. After this, the villager left to save his own life.
In just half an hour the water raised exponentially to the waist level. Somehow priest climbed on a desk. In just a few minutes an unknown man came with a boat to save him. The boatman said, “few villagers said that you are still in there hence I came to rescue you. Come with me !!”. But still, the priest declined and said the same thing that he said to the villager. After few unsuccessful requests, the boatman left.
Soon the water raised to the ceiling because of which the priest climbed on the roof of the temple. He continually prayed to god. He closed his eyes and started praying to God to save him. Suddenly a giant helicopter came with the rescue team. They dropped a rope ladder down towards the priest. The rescue team said him to claim quickly but the priest denied it by giving the same reason. The helicopter and rescue team in it left the scene to save other villagers.
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In the end when the temple fully submerged under the water and everyone left the village. At that time priest managed to stay alive by sticking his head above the water. He kept his head up and started shouting to god. He said, “Oh lord I prayed and worshiped you for almost my entire life. Through this difficult time, I keep my faith in you and why ?? why you didn’t came to save me?”.
Surprisingly Jesus itself appeared in front of him and said “Oh you fool human!! I came to rescue you three times and you rejected me. I came to help you out as a villager then I came on a Boat and in the end, I even used a Helicopter to save you !!”.
He further said, “It’s not my fault if you don’t recognize me!!”
After this priest understood his mistakes and asked Jesus for one more chance as well as forgiveness. Then Jesus just disappeared and he got one more chance to save his own life. But this time he thankfully accepted it.
Moral: The Way God Helps story teaches us that Opportunities came at times when most needed but if rejected the only thing that is left is regret.