“O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you… as in a barren dry land where there is no water.”
— Psalm 63:1
I like to think of myself as a fairly self-reliant person. I don’t mind asking for help if I need it, but I really do try to stay out of situations where I might have to look for assistance.
A few weeks back while going to church, my wife and I saw two cars pass each other at an icy corner where they bumped, sending one off the road and down the narrow, steep shoulder. Both drivers were going ever so slowly and yet the ice, momentum, and nudge was all it took to wreak havoc. There were no injuries and (amazingly) there was no damage to either vehicle. Everyone stopped and made sure no one was hurt, and while two of us could not get the ditched car back onto the road, several other Samaritans stopped, joined us in the effort, and working together we succeeded.
One of the blessings we experience here in Montana is the good cheer with which most people face a problem. In many of the more populous areas of the country, people are so plentiful that many just assume that when there’s an accident someone else will stop to help and, of course, they always have 911 to fall back on. Here, despite being a self-reliant sort of people, everyone “comes a running” when a neighbor is in trouble...