I was out running errands the other day when I heard a piece on the radio about whether or not Donovan McNabb, the football player, would be returning to his team next season. They all debated and speculated, and finally the guy introducing the story said he'd be back - not for this reason, or that reason, but because McNabb had consulted a psychic, and the psychic told him good things were coming for him.
The psychic hands out some vague, generalized "prediction", takes the guy's $50, and he goes away feeling like he has a direction in which to go, and some reassurance that he's doing the right thing. He has someone to have faith in.
I think everyone is looking for guidance, protection, hope and security - some sort of way to get a grip on this crazy ride we call life. The directions we look to have these needs met is astounding - psychics, drugs, support groups, worshiping nature, self-hypnosis, to name just a few. But why don't people think of God to fill this role? He's right there, always available, and free! And you can't beat His reliability! But for too many people, God is a vague entity, somewhere in the back of the mind, not really taken seriously. I was in that role once, and turned to a lot of these other things to find a lens under which I could make sense of the world, never seriously considering that the God who made all this would be the best One to help me understand all this. I lived that mindset, and I still can't come up with a good explanation for why. But there are people dying every day who have never taken God up on His offer to guide their lives and offer His protection, and it's a sad situation. What's the magical thing to say to open their eyes to see, and their ears to hear? Perhaps, ultimately, it's not a job for a mere mortal. All we can do is to plant the seeds which, under the right Gardener, will sprout.