I live in the southern hemisphere of the US where summer just seems to go on, and on, and on. About this time of the year my friends, and I, start talking about when it will get cold in the northern states so it can be cooler here. What happens though when the heat gets turned up? For most of us, we turn down the AC to make it cooler. Grab a cold beverage, and relax. But, in this instance I am not referring to the weather. What happens when the heat gets turned up in life? When there’s no AC to turn down to make us comfortable, how do we handle the heat?
I worked in corporate America for almost 30 years, and when the heat got turned up, over and over I saw people operate in a reaction mode. Everything was a rush, there was a look of stress and concern on their faces, and their voices were about an octane higher than normal. It was panic time. There were those I worked with that had a practice of operating in a proactive mode handling the business for today; while forward thinking, as to what obstacles may arise. They would prepare as they kept the goal in the forefront of their minds. When the heat got turned up they were calm, cool, collected, and operated in a business as usual capacity. Those that reported to them had the same demeanor as their leader. My role was a supporting role, some of my co-workers, and I would sit back and observe. When the heat got turned up, they didn’t need to touch the AC, they were already cool. They were prepared. They navigated with ease and little worry. It was business as usual.
It was business as usual for three men: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They had already determined they were going to worship God, and God alone. In Daniel chapter three, king Nebuchadnezzar had built a gold statute that he commanded all to bow down to. If they did not, the heat would get turned up. They would be thrown into a blazing furnace. Dn. 3:11 NLT. They operated with a determination that no matter what, they would not waver. There would be no panic mode, no reacting, it was predetermined they would not bow down to the ninety foot tall, gold statute. When this was discovered, and they were confronted, standing in-front of the flames with the heat radiating on them, they respond, “Your threat means nothing to us. If you throw us into the fire, the God we serve can rescue us from your roaring furnace and anything else you might cook up. But even if he doesn’t it wouldn’t make a bit of difference, O king. We still wouldn’t still wouldn’t serve your gods or worship the gold statute you set up.” Dn. 3: 16-18 MSG. They didn’t back down, they remained determined, and dedicated. When life seemed to turn the heat up with no AC in sight, they were cool, calm, and collected. They knew who was in control.
When life turns the heat up do you waiver and operate in a reaction mode? Or do you stay cool, calm, and collected resting in your knowledge of who is in control?
*picture from examiner