I turned around and started to depart from the lighthouse. I came upon another individual and pointed his attention to the man overboard and inquired if someone called for help. He seemed not too interested and went back to what he was doing, fishing. I did the same to another person out fishing, who provided some insight that he overheard someone earlier stating that the jet ski wasn’t functioning properly. I said, he seems to be in trouble and who to call. The individual suggested the coast guard. I stood there watching the man overboard deciding that I would call but alarmed at the same time that no one seemed to care that someone seemed to be in distress but no one seemed bothered by it.
As I stood there I spotted a sailboat headed towards the man overboard and watched as the boat headed over and pulled the man from the lake. No one on the pier thought or cared enough to contact the coast guard to check on this man. For all I know he may have been overboard struggling for a while to pull himself back on the jet ski, with no luck and no one attempting to lend a helping hand. Thankfully God sent an angel on a sailboat to rescue this man.
We have become so consumed by ourselves that we forgot what it means to be our brothers keeper, to love, to be generous, to think of others, to be empathetic. Where’s our heart, is it hearing the cries of those in need? Have we lost the true meaning of what it means to be human. There are so many individuals who are “overboard” in their lives and just needs an helping hand. Are you available to lend that helping hand? Are staying in the here and now, paying attention to what’s going on around you? Yes, we are all distracted by the going’s on in this world.
Let us be present and in the moment so that we can lend a helping hand when we need to.