Jesus spoke in parables: stories with deeper philosophical meanings. This is more of a joke, but I think it retains a certain depth of commentary for those looking for a “giant neon sign in the sky” to answer their prayers:
After days of rain, the flood waters started to rise in the town. Eventually, one man was forced to climb onto the roof of his house.
A man in a rowboat appeared, and told him to get in. The man on the roof said, “It’s OK, I have faith in the Lord; the Lord will save me.” So the man in the rowboat went away. The man on the roof prayed for God to save him.
The waters rose over the gutters and crept up the roof, and a speedboat appeared. “Climb in!” shouted the man in the boat. “No,” replied the man on the roof. “I have faith in the Lord; the Lord will save me.” So the man in the speedboat went away. The man on the roof prayed for God to save him.
As the waters continued to rise, the man had to perch on the chimney of his house to stay dry. A helicopter appeared and hovered over him with a rope ladder. “Climb up and I’ll fly you to safety,” said the pilot. The man on the roof waved him away saying, “Don’t worry, the Lord will save me.” So the helicopter went away.
The waters rose higher, and the man on the roof was washed away and drowned.
Arriving in heaven, the man immediately asked God: “Heavenly Father, I had faith in you, I prayed to you to save me, and yet you did nothing. Why?”
God replied: “Well, I sent you two boats and a helicopter…”