. . . Can you help me get out of this mess?
How many times have doctors, lawyers, and (especially this time of year) CPAs heard someone say this? How many times have you said this?
What drives someone to pay for advice which is ignored? It's embarrassing (and expensive!) to have to go back to someone for help resolving the issues created by disregarding their advice, yet we continue to carefully listen, and then spurn, the counsel of experts.
We all seem to possess a drive to, at least occasionally, ignore wisdom and merrily skip along a foolish path. It's all fun and games until the consequences of the poor decisions arise.
When you think about it, humans have been ignoring the best way to do things since the Garden of Eden.
While we still have to bear the outcome of our actions, it is comforting to know that God is never surprised by our missteps and is waiting for us to say, "I did what you told me not to do. Can you help me get out of this mess?"