Spring is finally here. I decided it was time to do something about dead flowers and dying grasses on my lawn. I really have not paid attention to them since we moved into the street about a year ago. It was a Friday so as I drove to get mulch, flowers and all the tools I needed. I did get lots of the items and was, very pleased, as I drove home. This was going to be easy, I thought, as my wife had volunteered to work with me in taking off the old mulch and planting the new flowers. We agreed to start the next day been Saturday when I get back from my usual Saturday soccer game.
As I sat in the car driving back from my soccer workout game, I knew I had made a bad choice by going to the game when I had a tiresome task waiting at home. I was tired and really weak from the game. All I wanted to do now is just hit the bed after shower. Well, I have help. My wife will assist me and we will finish in no time. Or so I thought. She had to take care of some very important errands that came up and was not home.
Sometimes, our plans and ability to accomplish our goals and realize our dreams are dashed by circumstances we can’t control?
Now I will have to deal with all the work by myself. After all I am a tough and hardworking man and no exhaustion can stop my ability to accomplish this task I had scheduled for completion today. With this though, I set out to work. That confidence disappeared ten minutes into the about two and a half hour job. On the other hand, I found out I did not have all the tools I needed. This is getting tougher than I had anticipated.
Interestingly, my neighbor, who was also working on his lawn, had been observing me since I pulled into the driveway. ‘Hey David everything ok?’ He asked. ‘Not really’ I answered. ‘I am tired. But I still got a lot to do. Perhaps I need to go get more tools ’.
God will always give us what we need when we need it. He can help us when no one else can.
Immediately, he walked up to me, looked at all the tools I had and requested I give him a minute as he turned and walked away. I looked up and saw he had provided all the tools I needed. I thanked him and was able to quickly take out all the mulch. Then came the moment of truth, moving the mulch from where I had piled them to the disposal. I was pulling the bags of old mulch in little bags for quite a distance from my lawn. My good neighbor showed up, again, with a bigger stronger industrial disposal bag. We placed it on the floor and piled lots of the little bags of old mulch, on it and he helped me pull them to the disposal. He not only helped me with the tools I needed but also helped me when I could not handle some tough tasks to enable me finish my project.
You can’t always stop storms from coming. As a result you may, sometimes, encounter tough times or hardships and may become discouraged, and feel like giving up fight to succeed in the battles of life. However, always remember that God has promised in the book of Isaiah 43 verse 2 saying “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Keep going on in your journey even though it may seem as if the challenges and demands of life are going to get the best of you. Help will surely come. Invite God, in the midst of the storm, to watch over you as you walk, work or wait until it passes.