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When I left Michigan that warm August morning, after successfully completing three years of graduate school, I made a vow to only go forward from that point on. Now, this might sound like a silly goal at first glance. I mean after all, how would I ever reach Southern California if I didn’t keep going forward? But what I had in mind was literally never putting my vehicle in reverse the entire 2,200 miles from Michigan to the “golden state.” You see, I was driving a truck and pulling a U-Haul trailer for the first time in my life. And that 5x8 trailer was loaded to the gills with all my earthly possessions. My rear view mirror was blocked and I was a little nervous about the whole situation. But I told myself, if I just didn’t have to back that trailer up, I’d probably be fine.

And I was! I calculated every pit stop to make sure I could drive forward when I left, instead of in reverse. I made it through five thunderstorms, high winds, desert heat and a barrage of 18 wheelers, arriving in Southern California the following Saturday afternoon a little beat up by the road but in good spirits. However, just a block from my new home I made a fatal error. Remembering that my apartment (which I had never seen before) was up the hill from the hospital I began the climb. The steep incline looked a little daunting but I kept driving. Almost at the top, I began to loose power. I could no longer go forward. There was no place to turn around and I was afraid to back the trailer down that long, steep hill. After 2200 miles, I couldn’t believe I had gotten myself into such a mess, just one block from my destination!

I Need Help

I set the emergency break and after a quick prayer, I finally had to admit I needed help. For some reason or other, that seemed like the hardest thing in the world for me to do. Have you ever had that experience? Westerners, especially Americans are plagued with this syndrome. It’s almost part of our genetic makeup. We find it so hard to admit we need help.

Sometimes our independence keeps us separated from the very thing we need the most – a closer relationship with God and with those around us. God made us for relationship you know – with our Creator, as well as with our families, friends, neighbors and co-workers. In the Bible Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). Life is so much richer when we ask for help when we need it.

By the way, I did make it down the hill that Saturday! I knocked on a stranger’s door and a dear lady called two of her neighbors to back my truck and trailer down, and then they invited me for lunch! I made some new friends that day but only because I was finally able to ask for help.

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