A village had seen days upon days of rain. In less than a week this village had seen rainfall more than double its average annual rainfall. This rain swelled the hefty river that served as a major trade route through the village causing it to breach its banks. Hour by hour the water would rise. In a house on a hill in the center of town lived a man who had spent his entire life in the village. Local rescue workers went house to house evacuating the residents. Despite pleading with him the man refused to leave his home saying, “God will save me, when He is ready.”
The waters continued to rise and were now at the doorstep of the man’s home. A rescue boat comes to evacuate the man yet again. He once again refuses, saying “God will save me, when He is ready.” As dark began to fall the water had now enveloped the whole interior of the house leaving the man to take shelter on the roof. A rescue helicopter comes to once again try to evacuate the man. He again waves them off saying “God will save me, when He is ready.”
Eventually, the waters envelop the whole house causing its collapse killing the man. The man arrives in heaven and meets God. The man asks, “God, why didn’t you save me? I had faith that you would come to my aid.” and God replies, “I tried many times to save you, I sent help to your door, you turned it away. I sent you a boat, you refused to get in. I sent you a helicopter and you waved it off.
In Mark 4:35-41, Jesus and his disciples are in a boat crossing a lake when a heavy storm churns up.
As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.
Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”
When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”
Mark 4:35-41 (NLT)