Which saved the lost hiker, God or Poetry?

Interesting debate among commenters here (click) on a story we ran about a hiker who broke her leg and survived four days in the wilderness reciting poetry, playing mind games and praying.

The headline  only said she credited her survival with her LDS faith, and the proponents of mind games and poetry are chiming in. The Flying Spaghetti Monster (all hail his noodly holiness) even has supporters.

The whole silly thing reminds me of the joke about the lady who gets on an elevator with two other people and, just as the doors are closing, has a bad feeling and gets off again. The elevator plunges to the basement killing the two people inside and the woman says her guardian angel saved her by making her get off.

“So,” says the person telling the story, “where were the guardian angels of the other two people … out to coffee?”

Fair question.

Perhaps prayer and mind games and poetry helped this lady make it through the four days until a rental car agreement in her motel tipped people off that she was missing (“Woman saved by rental car agreement” doesn’t have the same headline appeal, I guess) but I would give some credit to the temperatures, which never got cold enough to cause hypothermia, and her residual body fat that kept her nurished.

And the rental car agreement. “Woman saved by litter, global warming!”

Funny how when someone is lost in the desert, and dies, nobody ever blames God.


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8 Responses to Which saved the lost hiker, God or Poetry?

  1. Doug Gibson says:

    Where was God when toddler Corbin Anderson died a terrifying death in the Weber River? I don’t say that to be callous, but honest. I believe God can be with us in times of death or tragedy, but natural law is respected. As to the article, the headline was a little hyped, Religious people look to God for strength. My wife and I did when our son died. I thought our blogger Ryan Jenkins did a good job explaining the LDS beliefs on death, eternal life, at http://blogs.standard.net/eye-of-faith/2012/04/30/when-infants-and-toddlers-die/

  2. Sylvia says:

    What matters is what SHE thinks–not anybody else. She’s a grown woman; I’m sure she’s very aware of the tragedies that occur every day to which her detractors would say, “Where was God then?” If you’re a believer, you know there are worse things than death. If you’re not, why do you care if someone was comforted by their faith? I don’t think she ever said God intervened in her behalf. And even if she implied it, why do we care if that’s what she believes? I’ve had personal interventions, I believe, and I’ve had times when I wish I’d had one but it didn’t appear I got one. Thankfully, my claims have not been published in the newspaper for people to jump all over my case about.

    • Bob Becker says:

      Sorry, but I think Charlie has a good point. Reminded me of the stories that appear now and then about someone who’s been badly injured or who is deathly ill and undergoes a long and difficult operation and lives… and immediately attributes their living to god not the surgeons. I’ve seen lots of post game winning QB’s who thank god for granting them victory, but I ‘ve yet to see a losing QB tell a reporter “hey, get off my case. Wasn ‘t my fault. God wanted the other guys to win.”

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  5. Deeper thinkers than the author or subsequent commentors on this post would affirm this woman’s faith even if they didn’t believe the same. Who cares what saved her, what’s it to anyone else if a person believes a guardian angel or a leprechaun prevented a tragic outcome of a bad situation? It’s the most arrogant, condescending thing to tell someone else what they should feel or think or what they sense spiritually. I’m just glad she made it out alive, by whatever means accomplished it.

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