There was once a man who survived a plane crash into the ocean. He held onto the wreckage of the aircraft waiting for help to come by. He knew he only had a few hours before he would sink. So he began to pray and ask God to save him. During the first hour a woman in a motor boat came along and asked if he needed help. The man said no he was waiting for God to come along and help him. So the woman said okay, suit yourself and continued on her way. He continued to wait and ask God to save him, praying for a miracle. Soon a helicopter came along and dropped down a rope, which the man could touch with his hand. But he refused the help offered and continued to ask God to intervene. Soon a barge came along and stopped to ask if he needed help. The man accepted this offer and climbed onto the barge. As the barge headed to port, they came across the wreckage of a helicopter and a motor boat. The man recognized both to be the same ones that had come to his rescue earlier.
There is a version of this parable out there circulating. This is my rebuttal parable.