God Protects Us
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
What an amazing thought! God is with us all the time. There is never a time when he is not there, as long as we invite him into our lives. God protects us.
Can you think of a time where you should have been swept away by life or a situation?
I can think of lots of times in my life where I shouldn’t have been able to succeed. Somehow I still came out on top.
One great example was when we started our own business. I’ll bet you didn’t know that we made that leap of faith to go out on our own we had ONE customer. That’s right, one client.
Who leaves a great job with great people, and great wages for ONE client?
Apparently only a crazy person. Or someone with a LOT of faith.
We should have drowned multiple times the first year we were in business. One of the many fires that came should have burned us more than they did. I’m not saying that we didn’t have to fight to survive, but so far we are more than surviving. We are thriving.
Without God’s help, I know that this wouldn’t have been possible.
God provides his protection when we invite him into our life. It’s not why we invite him in, it’s just of the many perks of having him in our hearts.
Take a second to think about when God saved you from the rushing waters or the raging fire. Maybe it was when your kids were teenagers. Or when you took on a new project at work. It might even be throughout your marriage.
When has God protected you?
Lord God, we come to you today to thank you for protecting us from the fire and the rivers of the world. The fire that is the stresses of the world. The river is the situation we put ourselves in. We know that you don’t have to be there for us. You don’t HAVE to protect us, yet you choose to. Thank you for looking out for us. Thank you for guiding our steps, thoughts, and actions. Lord as we move through this life we ask that you place you’re had over us, over our family, over our friends, and overall believers and non-believers throughout the world. Give us all the wisdom to know that you are with us. Give us the sight to see you in every aspect of our lives, and give us the ability to feel your presence. Especially when we are near the fire! Thank you for everything that you do for us.
Will you pray with us?
Mankind throughout the world throughout our current situation
All Law enforcement and emergency response personnel
For all military personal serving our country and their families
Those in Leadership positions throughout the world
Lord, today we come to you with HAPPY hearts. We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity to change the lives of those around us. We are grateful that you give us the wisdom to change our lives and the lives of those around us. And you make it so simple. We can do it with a single smile. God today I would ask that you help us to smile more. The next time we see someone down, help us to smile for them. The next time we are down, help us to remember that you gave us the best gift ever. The ability to know you, your son, and the holy spirit. God, we are so grateful for everything you give us.
We ask all these things in your Precious Son's Name
A Little More
The other day I got a call from one of our clients.
I love talking to our clients so I always smile when I answer the phone.
“Hey Dan, one of my drivers is pulled over and they are saying that our permit doesn’t cover what we weigh. Isn’t that why we hire your team to make sure that these things don’t happen!”
My smile immediately vanished.
I was shocked because my team is amazing. and it’s not like them to miss something like 20,000 lbs on a permit.
So, I asked him, “Who have you been working with, and who was the one who called our team to get the permit?”
To get to the bottom of the problem I needed the details.
They gave me the details.
My next call was to my team. Then after I got the details I got them started on getting new permits to get the problem fixed. I’m a solutions guy, not an excuses guy.
But I NEED to know the real reason why it happened so that we can fix the issue.
My next call was to the driver so that I could see exactly what happened.
I knew he was going to be upset. He was pulled over and they were going to give him a HUGE ticket. I wouldn’t be happy either.
I made sure not to smile when I made the call. I had a serious look on my face. As we chatted I learned that he was the person who gave his weight to our team. I asked where he got the weights from and how in the world they were off by over 20K lbs!
That’s when he told me that he might have gotten the wrong scale ticket from the weigh station where he originally weighed.
Immediately my heart leapt with joy, this is NOT our fault!
Now to get the problem resolved and get this driver back on the road was my only goal. I was not going to assign blame or make anyone feel bad.
Hey, we all make mistakes. I do it multiple times every single day.
The owner of the company shot me a text. I'm getting permits from the big guys. They won’t make these mistakes that cost me time and $$$$$.
No problem. Let me know if you need anything. We are here to help.
After they called the “BIG Guys” they called me about 30 minutes later.
Hey, we can’t get an Idaho permit until Monday. It’s Friday night. And we need to drop this load off tomorrow afternoon.
I told him that I would NOT make any promises.
But my team went to work!
We got the permits that the “BIG Guys” couldn’t get.
My team had the Idaho permit in less than 20 minutes. For the right weight this time.
Here’s the point of all this.
When things don’t go right, smile. I have taught my whole team this.
That right there is how we got the permits. They smiled as they worked and it didn’t take any time at all.
Ok, there might be a little knowledge that went into this too. Lol
Next time you need anything DOT, don’t call the “Big Guys” , call the team who can get it done!