God’s Word for Today: Safety
The man in this photo has a very difficult job. He keeps on eye on over 600 hard headed, sometimes common sense challenged, men. His job is to make sure they work safe. No one on the jobsite likes to have to answer to the Safety Man. He is primarily known as “the cause for much paperwork” and, a considerable amount of Personal Protective Equipment including hard hats, safety glasses, ear protection, steel toed boots and other items.
On a Construction site, the Safety man is typically by himself walking around making observations. And with secret fingers crossed, hoping all have absorbed the Safety Orientation he has given to everyone onsite. Maybe they listen, take Safety to heart, and practice good safety habits. But, more than likely, the construction dude had something else on his mind during the orientation, and could care less what our man had to say.
The only time the Safety Man gets any attention is when there is an accident. Then, all eyes are upon him like it was his fault. Numerous reports are generated. Cause is searched for. Consideration for the injured worker accounted. Insurance rates for the General Contractor go up. Depending on the severity, OSHA, or whatever Safety Department for that Country is, might be notified and must investigate. The happy construction world is upset. Life is not good. Someone has to be blamed.
But 99.9% of the time, the Safety Man goes unnoticed. Every night when all the workers go home to their families with all their fingers and toes and sight and hearing, the Safety Man never gets the credit. Every day he diligently watches over activities like what you see in the various photos.
The Safety Man keeps the men at heights secure. The men on the ground safe from falling objects and large equipment, and the men in the hole protected from being buried. The Safety man has eyes on everything, just praying that what he has preached is actually practiced. Over worked, over stressed, and underappreciated is the Safety man’s life.
Job 11:18 You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.
How many times, how many days, do we treat God similar to how our Safety man is treated. We do what is minimally necessary to accomplish our perceived rules and regulations that seem burdensome. We tend to take God for granted and only turn to Him when something goes wrong. Then, for some odd reason, even though God loves us more than we can ever perceive, we still blame Him for our pain. Like He was the cause of our problems.
God doesn’t cause our problems no more than the Safety Man is at fault for any accidents at work. We ourselves, are the problem. This world is the problem. Life is the problem.
But just like the Safety Man, if asked, God will watch over us. He gives us guidelines to help us with a safe journey. God gave you a free and clear path to Everlasting life. Listen to Him. Take the lessons Jesus brought to this world to heart. Thank God every day for the life He has put in front of you. And, if possible give the Safety Man a thumb’s up and a Thank you. Families, give God and the Safety Man credit for sending home your husband, your son, your dad, your brother, your uncle, your grandfather, and your friend.. Make God and the Safety man smile. Just like the last photo……….. Amen and amen……….