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 WEB

Hot, tired, and aggravated, I pulled the starting rope 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 I had blisters that 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 with Jacob, I comforted myself with the thought of destroying it. Thoughts ran through my mind of bending it around a nearby tree. Though completely frustrated, I felt a tiny inkling to pray which had to be the Holy Spirit. I finally paused and simply said:

'Lord Jesus, please help me with this.'

With a deep breath, I pulled the start cord one more time. It started and ran perfectly. I finished cutting the grass without any more problems, wishing that I had 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. That does not mean that you will never have to endure something, but it does mean that you do not have to endure everything, if you will only take the time to ask. He helped me start the weed eater when I stopped and asked Him, but not before.

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. Remind me to call on You instead of becoming frustrated today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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