Perhaps you’ve heard this joke before, but it bears repeating even if you have.

A town was being pelted by rain. The local river was in danger of flooding so the authorities went door to door to tell the inhabitants that they needed to grab their belongings, leave and move to higher ground.

One gentleman was indignant and refused to leave. He told the officers, “God will take care of me.” After trying to convince the man that he had to leave, to no avail, the officers left.

Soon the water was coming fast and furious and the water began flooding over the gentleman’s porch. Several of the local neighbors came by in their row boat and urged him to get in the boat. The man refused saying, “God will take care of me.”

Quickly the water rose up to the man’s roof. He climbed to the top of his house in order to escape the rising waters. A helicopter came by and urged the man to grab hold of the ladder. The man refused saying, “God will take care of me.”

Never having learned how to swim, the gentleman couldn’t keep his head above the rising water any longer and he drowned.

The man was standing in heaven in front of God and he asked God, “What am I doing here? Why didn’t you save me?”

God replied, “I sent you police officers, a row boat and a helicopter, what more did you want?”

In our busy world we may not always pay attention and miss how God will speak to us.

This is a true story from my pastor, Rev. Dr. David Holyan. We were enjoying a church dinner together and he mentioned that he had a God moment. Of course, I was all ears and wanted to hear all about it.

David had a difficult decision to make so he asked God to help him discern what to do. He decided a walk was in order, so he left the church to take a stroll and clear his head. The first thing he noticed walking out of the church was a sewer cover. As he continued walking, he came upon two signs which read, sewer. At that moment he said, “Got it God.” The message was clear! He know what choice to dump.

As you continue to seek a life guided by God, don’t forget to pay attention. God speaks to us through nature, people, words, events, all kinds of ways.

In your seeking, don’t forget to seek out joy in your life every day.