A big flood in a small town. Water rising rapidly. At the town church, the Preacher takes refuge on the roof.

Soon, some local volunteer firefighters come by the church in a boat.

One of the firefighters calls out: "Come on Preacher! We'll get you to safety."
The Preacher replied: "Don't worry about me. You go ahead and rescue the folks that really need the help. The good Lord will take care of me."
After pleading with the Preacher to no avail, the firefighters reluctantly moved on.

A little later, a National Guard helicopter came hovering over the church, and one of the soldiers came down in a rescue basket.

The soldier said: "Come on Preacher! The water is still rising and we've got to get you out of here!"
Once again, the Preacher said: "Don't worry about me. You go on and take care of the folks who really need the help. The good Lord will take care of me."
And after much pleading, to no avail, the helicopter moved on.

Time went by, the flood water kept rising, and the Preacher drowned.

In Heaven, the Preacher went up to the Lord and said: "Lord, I don't understand what happened. I told those good folks that you would take care of me, and yet I drowned. Why did you let me drown?"

The Lord said: "Well, I sent you a boat and a helicopter. What more did you want?"