The water was rising fast. After the evacuation order, everyone who stayed behind had been watching it for hours—wondering how they would escape.

Strength decided he would swim for it. He looked out in the distance and saw a high place, and he knew he could make it. He dove into the water, and immediately began to struggle. He was in over his head, and he knew it. How foolish he'd been to think he could get there on his own! Still, he resolved to push on, stroke after stroke. But he quickly grew tired, the water overwhelmed him, and he was swept away.

Intelligence was watching Strength, chuckling to himself. "Fool! Why did he think he could do this on his own?" He grimaced, thinking of seeing Strength pulled under the strong current. Now I've got some brains, he muttered, as he donned the scuba gear he'd pulled out of his utility closet. He grabbed the waterproof pack he'd filled with supplies, and awkwardly jumped off his deck and into

the water—right onto a submerged tree trunk. He cried out as his leg was broken, and he, too, was swept away.

Humility watched both of them as they failed in their attempts to save themselves. He knew before they started that they would fail. The water was moving much too quickly to navigate alone. He was afraid, but he patiently waited. Fighting fear, he climbed to his roof as the water began pouring into his windows. In desperation, he acknowledged openly that he couldn't save himself. He was truly lost, unless someone helped him.

Suddenly, he heard a sound. Coming around the bend was a rescue boat! He carefully waved and the boat turned toward his home. "Hello there! Looks like you can use a hand," the operator said, smiling.

"You bet!" cried Humility. As he leaned over the edge of his roof to stretch out his arm, Grace reached out, firmly took his hand, and ferried him to a safe place.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast," (Ephesians 2:8-9 NASB).

© 2016 Selena Campbell

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