It’s Sunday! Under-Equipped Success
There is not a one of us in the Drilling or Pump Business who hasn’t felt Under-Equipped. We do our best to conceal our deer-in-the headlights look, and smile and tell our client, “Sure, I can do it!” . . . I have a favorite quip that I’ve said to myself most of my life. “If some other moron can do it, why can’t I?” I’ve gotten myself into SO MUCH trouble over the years when I’ve said that – starting with the fright of jumping out of a plane with a parachute 10,000 feet above the ground.
When I think of someone who has been and still is Under-Equipped, it’s my son. One of the reasons why I left Northern California 22 years ago was that the drilling conditions were simply awful. Somewhere between six to eight wells out of ten would have to be steel cased. I hated it. I moved to SW Colorado with the thought, “BITE ME! I NEVER want to drill again!” But for the past three years my son has been able to drill in the same area I raised him in and hasn’t gotten caught with an unstable hole until a this past year.
One of the reasons why I LOVE the stories in scripture is that just about everyone was Under-Equipped and they had to rely on Almighty God for Success.
Anyone who has spent more than a half a dozen Sunday’s in Sunday School knows the story of David and Goliath. Young David, a sheep herder, went to bring food to his brothers who were supposed to be fighting a war. Instead they were cowering on the hill side with the rest of the army and their chicken-hearted leader, King Saul. A giant and trained warrior, Goliath, would show up in the valley each day and bellow out obscenities and curses to the Israelites and to God. David was appalled. He couldn’t believe that his people were not willing to fight that giant when God was with them. The simple fact was that David had a working real time faith in God and the rest of the Israelites didn’t.
When I read over the David / Goliath story carefully, I’m struck with the CERTAINTY that David had in his faith – over and over again. He KNEW that God was going to be with him. He probably seriously upset King Saul when he handed the king his iPhone and showed him the pictures of the lion and the bear he had successfully killed while tending his father’s sheep. What pictures of Success did King Saul have to share?
Then the King told David to try out some equipment that could protect him. But David hadn’t run that particular big ‘drill rig’ before. The equipment that David knew about and had expertise with was much smaller and simpler. But, EVERY TIME David opened his mouth he explained that the Lord his God would protect and help him.
How often do we Driller’s and Pump people give God the credit for our future Under-Equipped Successes? . . . It’s sure easier to give God the credit AFTER our work is done. But, like David, do we have the faith to give God the credit for our future difficult work? And state it out loud to our wives, our clients and to each other? . . . Or . . . Yikes . . . On a post on the Water Well Guys?
Then the first thing that happens when we publicly state our faith in what we believe our powerful God will help us with . . . We get laughed at. I really don’t know why we think we are special – David got laughed at. In fact, David was scorned. The Giant was angry that the Israelites didn’t provide a ‘worthy’ opponent. We ruff-tuff-bad-boy Driller’s all turn into pussy cats when think about publicly stating our faith in how God will help us . . .
But here’s the part of the story that I love. We all know what happened next. David took his old fashioned equipment that he was familiar with – his sling – and sent the stone into what was probably a tiny crack in the helmet of the giant, and the stone stunned him; Goliath fell to the ground. David was SO Under-Equipped that he didn’t even have a sword to kill ol’ Goliath with – he had to use Goliath’s own sword to cut off the giants head and finalize the victory / success.
All through scripture, God always provides a way to success. Often in unusual ways.
So my son finally got the job that all of us in the drilling business fear. Soft rock, hard rock, collapsing rock, sticky clay, and then hard rock – all in 275′. I think my son has more wear on his drill pipe in tripping in and out and having to use different bits than he has in the rotation of his drill pipe. To drill this hole, Kharom has had to build a mud pumping set up on the fly and mostly on site. Just incredible. Then he found out the ground wouldn’t hold water and he had to conjure up a tank and buy hoses. He was using three random pumps to pick up his mud since he didn’t hock his soul and buy a pick up pump. Then he got past the collapsing part of the hole and had to buy a claw bit to get past the clay. THEN He called me Monday night and told me that in three hours of drilling that day, he made two feet in the super hard rock past the terrible clay. The bonus round was that after all of that, a forest fire came down the mountain and he had to evacuate – he was able to get his equipment to safety and leave an unfinished hole. Out of all of the Driller’s in his area, he had to be the most Under-Equipped, Under Financed, Under-Skilled, and Under-Helped to drill this hole and to pursue Success.
In scripture, David’s dad, Jessie, was probably in his tent with his I-pad watching his son walk down to the giant praying, “OH NO! PLEASE GOD HELP HIM!” And then, hoping God didn’t hear his private thoughts, “OH CRAP, MY SON IS GONNA DIE!”
. . . Pretty much what I’ve been praying and thinking about my son the past couple of months.
As a Father, I am SO, SO proud of my son. He continues the fight with his ‘new’ mud equipment. David’s dad was SO, SO proud of his son when David stood up holding the bloody hacked off and severed head of Goliath. All I want to see from my son is water. Ha!
Is our Father in Heaven looking down at us thinking, “I’m so proud of these Driller’s?” Look at the adversity they go through and they fight through it! Look at the way _________ (your name) honor’s me, asks me for help, states that I am going to help him and then praises Me when I give success! . . . He’s MY SON!”
Please join me in this weeks prayer: “Our Father, give us the faith in You that we need to have. We are NOT ever Under-Equipped when we have You. Help us to ask you over and over again and to find out what it is that you want from each of us. Dear Heavenly Father, please give us wisdom in EVERY facet of our lives to overcome our ‘Giants’. Please give us safety. And then help us to remember to praise You and to thank You! Holy Spirit, we invite you to inject Your thoughts into our minds. And then help us to take time to find you in our set aside quiet times. Help us to be Your Son’s that you can be proud of. In your name, Amen!
Now go and DO IT! Turn to the Right!
Ain’t God Grand!