One of the greatest inventions ever, as far as most men are concerned, is the “Global Positioning System”. They may not even know why, except that it is another piece of technology that they get to play with. I am not saying that women don’t use it, or appreciate it; in fact, they may appreciate more than men. But the women know exactly why they appreciate it.
You see, the GPS has relieved men of one of the great weaknesses that we have always been accused — not stopping to ask directions! The GPS will direct us to where we need to go, go ballistic if we make a wrong turn, and it will often tell you of detours, accidents, and road construction on the road ahead. So, unless you refuse to pay for the upgrades, forget to turn it on and program the trip, or ignore what it says — you will never have to stop and ask directions again.
I don’t know what it is about asking directions that bothers men so much. I guess it is the fact that when you stop and ask directions, you are having to admit that you have got yourself into a situation that you can’t handle. On top of that, generally when you got to the point that we would stop and ask directions; you ended up having to stop again, to be sure that you were following the first directions correctly. Men, it’s true, we just have this terrible condition that we won’t ask for help until there is no other choice!
I was reminded of that condition this morning, as in my morning reading from the Psalms, I noticed that several times the writer is going to God in prayer, and it seems that he really has no other options — he is down to his last option. Now I KNOW he should have started with God, but it seems obvious, from some of these verses, that they didn’t do that.
Psalm 141:1, O Lord, I call to you, come quickly to me. …
Psalm 142:6, Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.
Psalm 143:1, O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.
Psalm 143:7, Answer me quickly, O Lord my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
So, one of the things that I took from the reading today (Psalm 140-145) is to stay in constant “contact” with God, always recognizing my constant need for His help. I do not want to put in the position of thinking that He is all that I have left. I want Him to be the starting point of every day, regardless of what my circumstances might be.
Now, if everything that has “some assembly required“, came with an app for my smart phone, telling me how to do the assembly … then I would not have to unfold some piece of paper with 5 different languages and a parts catalog. Peace.
(This was first posted on Facebook, July 4, 2016; and is reposted here as a part of “Psalms for Saturday.” It is my prayer that you are blessed by reading it. Oh, by the way, since this written, I have found that youtube has assembly videos for many of the things that says “some assembly required”. Bill)