Story of the man in the flood

Some years ago a friend introduced me to the saying “Trust in God and tie up your horse.” Since I have been working in the Middle East, I have come across the equivalent: “Tie up you camel and trust in Allah.”

Another friend of mine used to bless the wine by saying “Fruit of the vine and work of human hands.”

I like the concept that our achievements are a combination of our internal and eternal lives.

The movie “The Secret” has swept the world and introduced many people to the concept of manifesting. Many people have criticised it because it fails to mention that, as well as setting your outcomes, you must also do something about them.

Personally, I think that it did not sufficiently stress the extent to which we need to cleanse our thoughts and emotions in order to be open to attract and notice opportunities and benefits. But, nonetheless, some action is likely to be involved.

I have been much concerned recently about the tying up your horse part of the deal. What should I be doing? And, what might I be missing if I focus too much on doing, becoming too task oriented?

Story of the man in the flood

There is a story that would be quite timely in Australia, or last year in Pakistan.

A policeman called on a man in his home to warn him that the river level was rising and that his house would be flooded. He should gather a few things and leave immediately.

“No need,” he replied. “I trust in God. He will save me.”

The flood did come and the man had to move upstairs into a bedroom. A boat came along and approached the man at his window. “Please come with us, the water level is still rising.”

“No need,” he replied. “I trust in God. He will save me.”

The water level rose further and he had to climb onto the roof. Eventually he was clinging to the chimney with water lapping at his feet.

A helicopter flew overhead and lowered a rescuer. “Please grab onto me and we’ll winch you to safety.”

“No need,” he replied. “I trust in God. He will save me.”

The water level continued to rise and the man drowned.

Having been a good man during his lifetime, he went to Heaven and was welcomed by St Peter at the Pearly Gates. “Welcome to Heaven” St Peter said. The man replied “Welcome indeed! I should not be here; I trusted in God but he did not save me.”

“What do you mean?”, St Peter said. “We sent a policeman to warn you, but you ignored him. We sent a boat to save you and you refused it. We sent a helicopter to rescue you and you refused that, too.”

“What else could we have done for someone so stubborn? Welcome to Heaven.”

You can find 100 other teaching stories in my book “Stories from a Corporate Coach“.