A bird was trying to fly south for the winter. As he was flying, his body began to freeze and he thought that he was going to die. Without any sign of hope, he decided to land. Shivering with ice all over his wings and sitting in an unfamiliar field feeling lost and desperate, he began saying his final goodbyes.
All of a sudden, a cow came along and dropped a pile of pooh on top of him. At first, the bird was angry. He wondered, what else could go wrong? Then he began to realize that the warmth of the dung was causing his body to thaw. The now “hopeful” bird began to flap his wings and chirp loudly believing that he would soon be free. Hearing all the commotion, a cat ran over to the bird, dug him out of the mess and ate him. When things in your life, in your church, on your staff are going south, here are three critical insights to keep in mind:
1. Not everyone who dumps on you is your enemy.
Don’t assume that every time something goes wrong or seems to come against you that it is the enemy. God uses our trials to train us, and our challenges to bring Him glory. Find comfort in the fact that God is not surprised by your circumstances.
James 1:2-4 “Consider it all joy when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of our faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete and lacking in nothing. “
2. Not everyone who digs you out is your friend.
We have all been in situations where we are in need of a lifeline. But don’t jump too quickly at the first solution to your problem. What you think is a buoy may actually be a brick.
I Peter 5:6-8 “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
3. When you’re deep in pooh keep your mouth shut.
Don’t succumb to the temptation of sharing your problems with everyone around you. I also encourage people to share situations only with those that have a potential solution – and you should first lift your concern to the Lord, He is the only one that can bring you victory in every situation.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 ” For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.”
Remember that God will take our disappointments and turn them to HIS APPOINTMENTS. Your greatest victories can only be achieved through your greatest battles.