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I Can Do It Myself

“I don’t need your help!”  Those were the words that I heard in a visit to a nursing care center recently.  An elderly gentlemen was being coaxed to get into a wheel chair after venturing further than he was supposed to go (evidently).  The staff was working persistently to get him “corralled” and back to his room.  He could walk at a slow pace and found freedom to be exciting.  However, his health was not what it needed to be for him to be mobile and meandering through the halls.  Despite the staff’s best attempts at working for his good, he was adamant that he did not need any help.  What he meant was, “I don’t want to do what you want me to do so leave me alone”.

The zeal to be independent is not a bad thing.  When used in the pursuit of dreams and accomplishments, it is a factor that separates those with intense drive from those with a casual interest.  Independence manifests a determination and continual drive to do what is in the mind of the zealot.  That quality has been one of the great building blocks of this nation.

Independence, however, can be so entrenched in one’s psyche that there is no room for any others to assist, give counsel, or to enhance a person’s vision.  None of us has complete understanding of what is needed for success.  Even the finest of entrepreneurs benefits from the study of what others have done previously.  They are also willing to pay bright minds to explore additional realms of possibility.

When total independence is foolish is when a person(s) are in great danger but refuse to yield their stubborn will to get the help that is urgently needed for them and for those around them.

On August 30, 2005 Coast Guard Lieutenant Iain McConnell was ordered to fly his H46 helicopter to New Orleans and to keep that machine flying around the clock for what would turn out to be a heroic rescue effort. None of his crew were prepared for what they were about to see. They were ahead of every news crew in the nation. The entire city of New Orleans was under water. On their first three missions that day they saved 89 people, three dogs and two cats.

On the fourth mission, despite twelve different flights to New Orleans, he and his crew were able to save no one. None! They all refused to board the helicopter. Instead they told the Coast Guard to bring them food and water. Yet they were warned that this extremely dangerous. The waters were not going to go away soon. Sadly, many of those people perished because of their refusal to be rescued. (copied).

Jesus came to verify that “there is a way that seems right to a man but the ways thereof are death.” (Prov.14:12).  And, He came to rescue the perishing by declaring, “All that come unto me, I will in no wise cast out!” (John 6:37).  Don’t sit in solitude in your storms!  Help is here!  This is no time to demand your “independence” from God.  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart.  Lean not to your own understanding.  In all your ways (“dilemmas, doubts, and detours”) acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths”! (Proverbs 3:5-6).