Finding women who love to mow grass as much as I do might be as hard as finding left-handed, female mathematicians. But, what’s not to love? You’re outside, you’re in control, you get immediate results and you can listen to your favorite tunes instead of the roaring of the motor. It’s great therapy!
When my son was much younger we would have contests to see who could mow the straightest lines in the yard. We would even try to outdo each other by cross mowing, so that our checkered yard rivaled Turner Field (Home of the Atlanta Braves). I always had the advantage until he learned my secret. In order to mow a straight line you must keep your eyes on an object in the distance and mow directly toward it. Looking at the ground directly in front of you only assures you the ground is still there.
Just about every time I mow I am reminded of two verses. One is my daughter’s favorite; Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” The other is Hebrews 12:2-3, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Fixing our eyes on Jesus is what makes our paths straight. When our eyes stay on Him, we begin to mimic His behavior. We relinquish control and trust God to keep us on course. It’s when the ground becomes unstable that our eyes move away from Him and to the troubles littering the ground beneath us. Troubles have a way of grabbing our attention and, if we are not careful, putting us into a trance. This hypnotic state can rob us of learning the lessons He wants to teach us. That’s why many of us go through the same things over and over again. We haven’t focused on Him long enough to learn from our mistakes. We keep mowing crooked lines when we could fix our eyes on Jesus and enjoy the journey.
No matter how tall the grass gets this summer, let’s fix our eyes on Jesus so we don’t grow weary and lose heart. He has lessons prepared for us all.