The Weed Eater
Out of the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send out from the same opening fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, yield olives, or a vine figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh water. James 3:10-12 WEB.
Hot, tired, and aggravated, I pulled the starting cord on the weed eater for the forty-third time. Once again, it sputtered, ran a second, and died. After being primed, choked, and pulled until blisters had risen up and busted on my hands, the stubborn little torture device still refused to run for more than a second at a time.
As Esau did with Jacob, I comforted myself with the thought of destroying it. Thoughts ran through my mind of bending it around a nearby tree. Though entirely frustrated, I felt a tiny urge to pray, which had to be the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I certainly did not feel like praying, but I finally paused and simply said:
"Lord Jesus, please help me with this."
I took a deep breath and pulled the cord one more time. The weed eater started up and ran perfectly. I finished cutting the grass without any more problems, wishing that I had just stopped and prayed sooner.
The help that we need is just a prayer away, but so many times, we struggle on in our own strength. Be sure to involve God in your life today on every level. He cares about the little things that upset us. I have found that if it matters to you, it matters to Him.
It doesn't mean that you will never have to endure something, but it does mean you don't have to endure everything if you take the time to ask for His help. He let me fail to start the weed eater forty-three times. Yet, when I stopped and asked Him, He fixed it immediately.Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for being there for me. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I choose to put my trust in You. Please remind me to call on You instead of becoming frustrated today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!
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