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Topic: Summer (the season) (07/09/09)
TITLE: Summer Love
By Eileen Knowles
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I didn’t mow my first lawn until I was thirty years old. I grew up in Southern Arizona where yards consisted of dirt, cactus gardens and sometimes creatively placed rocks. Summers came and went and those rocks never grew any taller. I soon discovered when I moved to North Carolina, that grass grew much faster than Arizona rocks.
I remember my first push mowing experience well.
My husband, Roger, was born and raised in Georgia and knew a little bit about cutting grass. Ten years my senior, Roger had been practicing his grass cutting skills for just about as long as I had been alive. He carefully showed me how to fill the machine with gas, check the oil and turn it on. Then he pushed the mower the entire length of the lawn, turned around and mowed another long, perfectly straight strip. He certainly was a pro. Once the demonstration was over, he quickly handed the task over to me so that I could practice. That was seven years ago. I have enthusiastically been push mowing the lawn ever since.
Every year, as the summer comes to an end, it seems the question inevitably comes up.
Maybe we should move up to the faster, more convenient riding lawnmower?
So far, we have yet to do it. Seven years later, and a small part of me still feels as if I haven’t earned the reward of the riding lawn mower; The Limo Of All Lawnmowers. Maybe next year, I tell myself.
It occurred to me the other day, as I was mowing my lawn, that there are seasons in my Christian walk where I have had a tendency to fall back into that same inaccurate thinking that, just like the riding lawnmower, some how I have to earn my Heavenly Father’s love too. I am so thankful that Christ’s love for me is not seasonal. His Word assures me that “he is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Heb 13:8 NIV)
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