Let us say that something has happened, and you are in a survival situation. The first thing to do is to take stock of your situation. Who, if anyone, is with you? Are you or anyone with you in immediate danger? If so, that needs to be addressed first, but other than immediate danger, you often have a few hours before the next thing HAS to be done. It is best to use a bit of that time to figure out what things have to be done and in what order or time frame.
What do you (the entire group) have with you which would be useful (hopefully one or more appropriate survival kits)? Does the environment provide anything useful? What is needed to make the environment and your condition as survivable as possible? What skills do you have? Once you have figured out these things, it should be possible to develop a viable plan or at least general direction.
So far, we have been rooted in the ‘natural’; we should give at least some consideration to the the ‘supernatural’.
Pretty much every human being either has a belief in one of three ‘God’ systems, or does not have enough information to support a belief in any God system. The three systems are Polytheism (many gods), Monotheism (one God) or Atheism (no god). Not having enough knowledge to have one of these beliefs is generally called Agnosticism.
If you are an Atheist, you might as well stop right here. If you believe that no god exists. then there is no point in looking for any help or comfort from that direction. Return your attention to the natural.
If you believe that gods or God exists, then how come you are not already praying? God answers every prayer, just not always with an answer that you hope for. He has the choice of ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘not now’, and the ‘big picture’ view to select the appropriate response for him. I know that it is a human trait to judge each and every event, and each and every prayer answer, based solely on its impact on us. But any god which exists is so far beyond our comprehension that we can have no clue how the event or answer which seems bad to us affects things in HIS realm. Sometimes what we see as ‘bad’, He knows to be ‘good’; sometimes all He is waiting for, is for us to ask.
If you do not know whether God exists or not, now might be a particularly good time to search Him out. The best (just not the most pleasant) time to find Him is when you are at the ‘bottom’.
Irregardless whether you believe in God or don’t have any belief about God, praying to Him may or may not result in an perceivable improvement of your situation, but it certainly can’t make it any worse. And the comfort of His presence can calm your fears, sharpen your focus on what YOU need to do to get through the situation and help you to accept whatever has happened and will happen. Putting problems which you cannot do anything about onto someone who might be able to do something about them can be immensely relaxing.
There are those who think that faith in God replaces any need for action on their part. This does not seem to be born out in practice or adequately supported by any ‘scripture’. I prefer to think that God helps those who help themselves. In other words, do what we can, and rely on Him for what we cannot do. In all of life, not just a survival situation.
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