photo 1 (13)Who mows the lawn at your house? My husband, Mark,  mowed our yard until our son was big enough to do it. Sam took over the job of yard man for about ten years. It was nice, because Mark didn’t have to mow after work, giving him more family time. When Sam went off to college, Mark lost his yard man.

Yesterday, I decided to do surprise Mark by mowing the yard. I knew he had a crazy day at work and he was going to have to come home, get his run in, and then try and mow the yard.

It’s been a long time and several lawn mowers ago since I’ve mowed the yard. But how hard could it be, right? I pushed the mower out of the garage, fired it up on the first try and was off and moving.

We live on a hill so pushing the lawn mower up and down is a workout on any day, but when it’s 90+ degrees outside, it was killer. Between the heat and the hill, I quit after mowing the front and side yard. I thought I was going to have a heat stroke.

It looked like the bottom was about to fall out of the sky when I went inside. While we didn’t have any rain at our house, a storm did pass through Atlanta, bringing the temperatures down. I decided to go back out there and mow the backyard to finish the job. I was about halfway through the backyard, which is really big, when my hand it something on the push bar causing the lawnmower to take 3 (9)

It was then that I realized I was blonder than I pay to be. I had been struggling to push this lawn mower up and down the hill, only to learn that it was a self propelled lawn mower. If I had pressed the bar in certain place, I would have mowed the front and side yard in half the time. I wouldn’t have had to battle the mower up the hill. It would have taken off by itself. As I finished the remainder of the yard, I nearly had to run to keep up with the lawnmower.

Note to self: Consider wearing your reading glasses when operating a new piece of machinery so you can read the handlebar.

Trying to live life in our own strength is like trying to mow the yard with a self propelled lawn mower without the assistance of the propelling mechanism. It’s hard! It wears you out. And it is unnecessary.

God has given us His Holy Spirit to be the power source in our lives. In Acts 1:8, Jesus said,

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The Holy Spirit moving in and through us can move us farther and faster in life than we could ever hope or imagine to do on our own. Romans 15:13 says,

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

So many of us go through life struggling and we can’t figure out why. We have the Holy Spirit ready, able and willing to work in and through us for the glory of God. All we have to do is ask Him to fill us and grant Him full access to our lives, then hold on.

Are you tired and warn out? If so, reach out to the Holy Spirit. He’s closer than you think.