That is what we have – a push mower. Not the self-propelled kind either. We have just under three-quarters of an acre to mow. In the middle of summer it can be most difficult.
We have had a scorching summer. Temperatures have risen over 100 degrees. The other day it had reached about 105 degrees. I was out there mowing the lawn. The lawn was so high that for several hours I would go about two feet and the mower would stop because it kept clogging.
I started getting really mad. Every twenty minutes I had to sit down and drink water. I felt like I was getting nowhere. When I reached our steep hill I still had about two more hours of mowing. Now this was my third day of mowing. That’s how long it can take me to get the lawn done. I was getting so mad that I knew it I was about to cross the line and then I’d have to repent.
Reluctantly I started praising God that I was miserable, hot and exhausted. I kept forcing myself to give thanks. I thanked God for the push mower. I thanked God that I was exhausted. I just kept praising God. Several hours later I finally had the lawn completely done.
When I got on the scale the next morning I had lost several pounds.
I had been praying to lose weight and had really been struggling. My answer to prayer came in a package I did not recognize – a push mower.
What have you been complaining about? What have you been grumbling about? Start praising God, regardless of how you feel.
God can always turn a burden into a blessing.