The Story of a Drowning Man + Martin Luther Quote

The Story of a Drowning Man + Martin Luther Quote

Expect the unexpected: Living in the flow of Life is not a straight line from A to B.

Actually, the more you try to control how things will unfold, the more you block the flow from unfolding the way it’s meant to unfold.

There’s a quote by Martin Luther where he said:

“All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired, although not in the hour or in the measure, or the very thing which they ask. Yet they will obtain something greater and more glorious than they had dared to ask.”

Don’t block your good by trying to control the how’s of how things will unfold or come to you.

We have to learn to recognize the hidden blessings and gifts that sometimes comes to us in unexpected ways and where we don’t immediately see how they even fit into the things we’ve asked for or worked on.

I’ve had instances where I’ve asked for help and guidance and then within minutes I’ve received a text or email from someone offering the very thing I asked for.

And some of those times it took me a minute or two to realize what a huge gift it was, simply because I was expecting and wanting the help to look different than what it did.

I’ve seen this many times with other people too, that they have an opportunity or some kind of help they need and it’s right in front of them, but they can’t see it, or they reject it because it doesn’t fit into what they think the help or opportunity should look like.

Sometimes, with many people, opportunities and blessings are missed in life because of this,

because of the ignorant part of us that only want the grandiose answers/solutions and that they come in a specific way of our choosing, not realizing that life is a zig-zag journey in the Unknown and not a straight line from A to B, from here to there.

One of my prayers that I often say to myself is that I pray that I’m able to see all the opportunities that are all around me and that I have the wisdom to respond to them by taking action on them, even if they might not look like anything that could be related to what my goals and dreams are.

I would not want to miss any of them just because there’s a part of me that is only able to perceive life from a limited point of view. I want to see life through the eyes of my soul, which has the whole picture and reveals it to me one step at a time.

So when things have come to me that maybe didn’t look like the blessings they were, I’ve gone within and meditated and by doing that been shown or somehow told (by images/visions, intuition or synchronicity) that it’s a ‘blessing in disguise’ or that there’s a higher purpose with it that I can only see after I’ve accepted it and said yes to it.

A story that came to mind is the Story of the Drowning Man:

“A man was stuck on his rooftop in a flood and he was praying to God/the Universe/Life (whatever your name is for the guiding principle of the universe) for help.

Soon a man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.”

The stranded man shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me.”

So the rowboat went on.

Then a motorboat came by. “The fellow in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you!”

To this the stranded man said, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and I have faith that he is going to save me.”

So the motorboat went on.

Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety!”

To this the stranded man again replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”

So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.

Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned and went to Heaven.

He finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, “I had faith in you but you didn’t save me, you let me drown. I don’t understand why!”

To this God replied, “I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?”

Maybe you can relate to this story in your own life somehow or maybe you know someone in your life that refuses to receive help or is not able to see or be aware enough to take advantage of the opportunities that are available to them?

The help, answers, and solutions that we want and ask for may not always come in the way we expect them to, and to realize this is so important.

Sometimes we also simply have to dare to take huge leaps of faith that takes us even deeper into the Unknown, trusting that what came our way is somehow part of the bigger picture even if we can’t see how from our limited perspective.

There’s something bigger going on, and to become aware of and align with That, and move with the energy and momentum of That, even if you can’t see more than just the next step and it doesn’t make any sense to the ego, is to live in alignment with the flow of Life.

Be and stay open and receptive always.

What you’ve asked for might already have been answered and given, so look again.

Look within and ask yourself what opportunities or help there might be in your life that you have not seen and ask for them to be shown again.

Have your mind and heart wide open to the unexpected and dare to say Yes to what comes to you, especially right after you have asked or prayed for help, because you can never know exactly how the answers to your prayers will show up or how they will look.


Here’s another article for you. In it I write about the first initial ‘OMG, holy crap’ moment when you’re about to do something new and you feel scared to actually do it.

Fear always shows up, it’s part of the process, and being aware of that when we feel scared to embark on something new makes it easier to not allow ourselves to be held back by fear, or the old world, but instead boldly enter into the new world by saying yes to the adventure:

Two of the most critical steps in the Hero’s Journey

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