Not everything that happens in life that doesn’t turn out as expected should be seen as a set back or a negative. Often the Lord uses the circumstances of life for more than we can ever begin to understand.
We stopped at a Wal-Mart in Michigan to pick up a few items before this weekends PDRA race at US 131. When we came back to the coach, I noticed it was leaning significantly to the right. Much to my surprise, the outside rear tire on that side was flat. Not just low on air, flat…zero pressure.
We carry a small air compressor, so I pulled everything out to air up the tire and hoped I would find something simple. As I filled the tire, I realized the valve extension was loose and was the apparent cause of the problem. As I worked to fix the issue I was wondering why the Lord had slowed us down. It took us about 45 minutes to get everything taken care of.
With the tire fixed, we pressed on to our fuel stop just up the road. As I was finishing up the refuel, one of the gas station workers noticed the scripture on the side of the motorhome. What ensued was an impromptu mini revival at the fuel island. We talked and praised the Lord, it was a huge encouragement. We’ve been on the road for nearly 2 months grinding away, this was a God appointed moment that put much needed wind in our sails. Had we not been delayed with the tire, we would have missed our divine meeting!
Next time the Lord slows you down, instead of getting mad, start looking for who or what He wants you to meet, see or experience.
by Os Hillman
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” – Matthew 10:16
“Os is now taking over this division. He will be managing all of these activities from now on. You should know that he has a different management philosophy than what you may have experienced before. He has a biblical management philosophy. Os, would you like to explain what they could expect from you in this regard?”
These were the words spoken to me by a non-Christian CEO recently when he decided to increase my responsibilities in the company. We had never spoken of spiritual issues before.
Each business day, you and I will have the opportunity to stand before presidents, marketing directors, secretaries or other coworkers to create a defining moment. When that happens, there is a good chance you will be thought of as someone to avoid. You might be considered “religious” or “fanatical.” If so, consider this a great compliment because it says you are standing apart from the crowd.
“Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. On My account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you” (Matthew 10:17-20).
You may never be flogged for your faith. However, you may very well be brought before others to give account for what you believe. It may be at a water cooler, or it could be during lunch with a coworker. In whatever situation you find yourself, the Holy Spirit awaits the opportunity to speak through your life to that person who needs to hear. Ask the Lord whom He wants to speak to today through your life.