I have been pushing a 19-inch-cut lawnmower all season. It has lost much of its self-propelled capacity and continued to bog down in the thick wet grass–we’ve had a lot of rain this year. At the beginning of the season, I could mow the entire 5,000-square-foot yard in about an hour total, not counting all the rest periods my body required.
What started out as exercise for my body at the beginning of the mowing season was rapidly becoming a chore and a burden. The past three mowings have taken me three days to get the entire yard cut between rain showers. By the time I got the backyard cut, the front and and side yards needed it again. I would come inside red-faced and exhausted, strip off my sweat-drenched clothes and head straight to a cool shower before sitting down to recover from the effort of mowing just a third of the lawn.
I know that God provides everything I need. So I asked the Universe for a lawnmower–preferably a riding mower. I looked at new ones online and decided I didn’t want to pay the price for a new riding mower. The push mower I had been using would need to be serviced before I could continue to use the rest of the season. I voiced that concern to God as well. I left it up to the Universe to bring the best option to my awareness and help me make a good decision. I was unattached to the outcome. I just trusted and felt gratitude.
I’ve been shopping on Facebook Marketplace. God has provided so much for me through these buy and sell and trade groups. I’ll write in another post more about some of the great bargains I’ve found. This time there was a small mower listed for an affordable price in my area. I texted about the seller and set up a time to go take a look. It was raining the day I gave the mower a test drive on a slick wet grass. I decided to buy the little mower that reminded me of a motorized wheel chair.
I had no way to get home in my 1998 Camry. Barry, the guy who was selling it, said he would deliver it to me. I gave him my address and offered to give him a check to hold it for me. He said I could pay him for it when he came to my house with the mower. What a sweetheart! About an hour later, true to his word, Barry unloaded the two-year-old mower. He took my old push mower home with him to change the oil, replace air filter and spark plug, sharpen the blade, and check the cable on the self-propel mechanism.
Not only did I get a new riding mower, I got my old mower serviced and met a wonderful person. Barry offered to help me out with any kind of project I need help with! There are so many good people in the world!
I know that I’m exactly where God wants me when things unfold synchronistically like this. What experience have you had with using faith and gratitude to witness the goodness of Creator?