Thursday, August 19, 2010

Swirly Lines

I was cutting the grass last week at my home in beautiful Western Pennsylvania where I try very hard to keep beautifully parallel lines in the grass, alternating direction so that the grass is pushed North then South, creating the light-dark-light-dark pattern. While it may not look as magnificent as PNC park, I'm proud of my work.

Then I bought my boys a toy lawn mower. I had one when I was a kid and loved helping my Dad cut our grass. I told Daniel about the plan. "Straight lines. Up and back. Follow my lead." Of course, he's all over the place. Having. A. Blast. Helping his Daddy!

And I let him. I look behind me and my perfect plan for my yard has swirly lines all over it. But I let my kids help. I don't need their help, their lawnmower doesn't even have a blade. But I love that they love to help me. It warms my heart in a way that sitting down at the end of the day and marveling at the job I did all by myself Never will.

And it made me think about how God has called us to do His work. To be His hands and feet. Something He could do a lot better by Himself. It made me wonder if He smiles when he sees us try, despite our shortcomings, because He loves us with our shortcomings.


Cindy said...

I love the analogy! Instead of worrying that I am not doing it right, I need to just trust God is enjoying me trying to follow His lead as I "help" my Father in my own style. :)

Dan Gross said...

Great words Aaron. I've said before on this blog that I understand "God the Father" a lot better now as a parent. Certainly have learned answers to a lot of the "Why would He...?" questions thanks to the kids.

Mayra said...

Wow, I also LOVE the analogy!!! Thanks Aaron

Tunafish said...

Thanks =) You've encouraged me soo much! Jesus loves you! =)

chanemza said...

I needed this. Thank you for being so open with your struggles and victories.