It’s been a rough couple of weeks for pastor Mark.  Have you ever had those times in your life when God kept getting your attention, and you just kept hanging your head?  Yeah, it’s been like that…

Today I was out mowing the lawn.  Now, before you begin to wonder if I’m the pastor of a church where I’m everything from the janitor to the groundskeeper, let me put your mind at ease.  I’m not.  The lawn is normally my son’s job, but he’s working at camp this summer.  I decided that it would be easier for me to mow than to have someone else do it, simply because I live next door and I know the church schedule.  I want the yard to look nice before special events, and will make a greater effort to get out before or after rain if something is coming up.

I found out something that Andrew already knew, but that I didn’t care about before.  The yard is a monster.  There is more of it than first appears, and there is a ton of weed eating that has to be done because of the numerous fences around the property.  There have been a couple of times that I’ve been out mowing when it has been 85 degrees just because it had to be done.  That’s not fun when you are out there for 3 hours.

So, today I was out mowing in the cool night air, and being very thankful that Andrew would be home next week!  And then I saw Wesley.

Wesley is a member of our congregation.  He has Cerebral Palsy.  His mind is great, but his body is handicapped, and it takes him some time to get out what he wants to say.  He goes around the neighborhood in a motorized wheelchair.   I hadn’t seen him all summer because he was ministering at a summer camp.  I saw him earlier in the day and spoke to him, but I wasn’t mowing the lawn then.  I was now.  And that’s when God rapped me on the soul…

I had just been whining about the lawn mowing earlier in the day.  I was looking forward to not having to do it again.  But I could.

Wesley doesn’t whine and complain.  I’ve heard his testimony.  He’s learned more spiritually in his young life dealing with his handicap than most of us do in a lifetime.  But I wonder…

I’ll bet Wesley wouldn’t complain if he could mow the lawn.

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