It was as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him
This verse is talking about the day the lord will come.
Some people look forward to it, but this verse tells us just how bad it will be.
Could you imagine running from a lion only to be corned by a bear?
Or finding safety in your house from the outside world only to have a snake bite you?
It’s hard to imagine that, but I can totally see it.
To me what this verse is really talking about is how we have to trust God in every situation.
I know, what a different spin, right.
Things aren’t always going to be easy, there are going to be days that we run into both the lion and the bear.
There will also be days that we feel completely safe, sitting in our house, then we get struck by a snake that comes out of nowhere.
The snake could be anything, bad news, financial hardship, we are out of our favorite chips (lol), the fridge stops working, you get the point.
God needs us to trust that he has it all under control.
He is here for us.
Today I want to ask you about the last time you fled from one situation, scared, only to find that you were thrown into another situation that wasn’t any better?
For me it has happened when I left one job for another only to find myself in the same situation just in a different location.
Or how about the last time you felt completely safe and out of nowhere something happened that wasn’t good.
Again, for me one example might be, praying with my kids and finding a large bump inside my daughters leg.
It was terrifying to find that, and not know what it was. After spending days in the hospital, we still never found what had caused it.
Shoot still to this day we don’t know; all we do know is that God took care of her and the baseball sized lump is gone.
Did you lean on God? Did you pray? Did you ask for help, understanding and wisdom?
Today we want to encourage everyone, when things are going great
When things aren’t going so great,
When things don’t turn out the way you expected,
Lord, God almighty, you are an amazing God. You are the only God. You give us so much more than we deserve, every single day. God, we are thankful for what you give us, even if it is running from a lion into a bear. We know that you are here for us, through every situation. God today we want to ask that you would give us the strength to come to you in every situation. Give the right mindset to always put you first in everything that we do. Allow us to know you are in charge and you have a plan this bigger and better than we could have ever imagined. God we thank you for helping us to trust that you have it all under control. We thank you for giving us what we need, instead of what we want. We thank you for giving us sound guidance for every situation that you put us in. God today we come to you to simply say, thank you! Thank you for everything.
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!