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Chapter 22: What More Do You Want?

Imagine how surprised Abie felt when his Malibu beachfront home was endangered by an oncoming hurricane. First, the local fire department came and evacuated Abie’s family. But Abie told the fire chief: “I will not leave my home. You cannot help me, only God can save me.” The waves began to crash against the shore. The road around Abie’s home was engulfed in water. Without fear, Abie decided to wait out the storm.

The Navy sent in a Coast Guard cutter to rescue Abie, as the waves were now crashing against his huge front window. The captain ordered, “Abie, please!”

But Abie insisted, “You cannot help me, only God can save me.”

Now Abie was alone on the roof. In the distance, a tidal wave was fast approaching the shore. A US Air Force helicopter hovered above Abie’s head. But Abie refused help, such was Abie’s faith in his lord and master. Well, the tidal wave did its thing, and Abie looked up at the Pearly Gates, soaking wet and totally pissed off at God.

“But Abie,” the gatekeeper said, “God wants to see you right away.” Abie’s response was, “Tell God to go to hell.”

The gatekeeper suggested to Abie that God is not a saint and to give God a second chance. Abie relented and was shown into God’s room. God was so pleased to see his beloved Abie.

“Abie, why are you so mad at me?”

Abie said, in a cool, distant voice, “Because when I needed you the most down on earth, you did not lift a finger to help me.”

God said, “You’ve got to be kidding, Abie. I sent the fire department, The US Navy, and the US Air Force. What more do you want?”

You have to remember that trust does not mean that you are not supposed to do anything. Trust simply means that whatever you are doing is in the right direction, because the man you trust in cannot take you in a wrong direction. But you have to do the walking.

I can only show you the path, I cannot walk for you. And there are so many paths and there are so many different people who need different paths, so each one of you has to remember: all that I am saying is not for you.

You have to be very alert: whatever helps to strengthen your progress is for you. Whatever weakens your progress is not for you; it must have been said to somebody else. On some other path it may be helpful. To somebody else, it may be immensely needed.