Go back in time before the advent of the GPS and imagine you're on a trip. With maps, you feel confident about reaching your destination. However, on your way, you encounter a sign that says, "Road Construction Next 30 Miles." And, taking a detour, you become confused and lose your way.
What would you do? Drive around and try to find your way on your own or stop at a service station and ask for directions?
When this situation was presented to 100 men and 100 women several years ago as part of a study of mid-western U.S. culture, 21 percent of the women and 10 percent of the men said they would ask for directions. Meaning, the vast majority of both sets of drivers would rather drive around lost than admit their need for help.
The finding raises this question for me. How many are spiritually lost for a pride and stubbornness that keeps them from admitting their need for help? To put it another way - how many have no inkling of the light of God that could scatter their darkness for steadfastly refusing to own their need of that light?
The wonderful light that broke into my own darkness 42 years ago happened at the point I swallowed my pride and said, "OK, Lord. I'm ready to leave the driving to you."
Warner F. Davis is Pastor of Collierville Presbyterian Church, located at 202 West Poplar Ave Warner has released a spiritual memoir titled, "Peace in a Mad Dog World: Finding Security When My Need For Control had Failed Me," through Virtualbookworm Publishing. For more information about his book, visit warnerfrancisdavis.com. For more information about the church, call 853.4226 or go online at collpres.com.