Who Will Survive?

A recent CNN article explores the question, “Why do some survive disasters while others do not?”  There have been stories in the news recently of people who faced catastrophe while climbing mountains, hiking in the wilderness, sailing, swimming, flying, etc.  Some are found alive after the crisis while othersare not.  Why the different outcome?  Sure the answer can be found in some combination of luck, circumstance, and answered prayer.  But the article points to the fact that those who would appear to be the best suited for survival, what the article calls “the Rambo types,” were often the first to die in these life-or-death struggles while children were the most likely to survive.  

Why is that?  According to the experts, the Rambo-type often trust themselves (their strengthor expereince) and get into trouble making foolish choices and taking foolish risks trying to save themselves.  Small children often will survive the crisis because they're humble.  They rest when they get tired and sleep in the heat of the day; they know they are too weak to try something heroic on their own.  Humility in the wilderness can keep you from trusting in yourself and waiting for others to do the rescuing.

Humility is pretty important in the wilderness of life too.  Jesus tells us, “Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Luke 18:17). A prideful insistence on doing things our own way and going in our own direction will just serve to get us more and more lost.  Pride leads us to say, “I can live my life without God.”  Pride can also say, “I already understand what God expects.”   Humility keeps looking to God in the helplessness of a child and reaching out to be blessed by him.  For such is the kingdom of God.