The other day our mower just stopped working. I went out to mow, and it just wouldn’t move. We knew this day was coming. We had been using the same mower for many, many years on a lawn that was too big for it. So we had already had conversations about a new mower.
It seemed everyone loved the zero turn mowers — the ones that have two levers to steer instead of a steering wheel. We researched and looked at several places that carried them. Each one said the same thing: once you mow with a zero turn mower, you’ll never want to use another mower again. They said it would be so easy and that we’d love it. So we listened and got one.
When it was time to mow, my husband drove it around as if he had done so for years. He had already tried it before we made the purchase, but still, he made it look easy — flying around the yard, driving between things, trimming around the flower beds and trees.
I was excited when it was my turn to mow. All the positive reviews echoed through my head: It’s so easy to use! I’ve taught people in their eighties to drive one!
But it turned out that was so not my experience! I thought I’d be able to just jump on and get it like my husband had, but it was hard and confusing for me — like my brain was taking to too long to think about which lever I needed to move which way. I was all over the place, and the levers were so touchy. Forget about maneuvering anything around! It was a disaster, and the only fantastic thing about the new mower for me was that it had a comfortable seat — that was about it!
It was such a huge disappointment. I thought it was supposed to make my life easier. My husband — God bless him for being so patient — stepped in to help. He walked alongside me, telling me to go slowly and walking me through what to do with those dang levers. He encouraged me and told me I was doing well, even though I knew I was not catching on.
It certainly didn’t come easy for me like I had hoped and like everyone had said. I’d definitely need more guidance and teaching and patience in my learning. It was going to be a process.
Such is life and our relationship with the Lord. He is our greatest teacher, and He sends us great lessons in many ways — even through the most ordinary ways. Yet often we are not the best students. We don’t think we need help. We want to jump ahead and do things on our own, often without knowing what we are doing. We don’t take the time to really listen to Him. We don’t let Him guide us. We don’t let Him teach us the way first. I don’t know about you, but I know I could be a better student and pay closer attention.
“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.”
John 13:13 (NIV)
Jesus became human in order to show us the way. We all need to be taught, and we all have different things to learn. And yes, sometimes it takes a while to get it. Try not to be discouraged: we each learn at a different pace and in different ways. It takes time to process the lessons He is trying to teach us. Thank goodness He is so patient with us!
We will all have to go through some growing pains in our journey, too. Some lessons will come easier than others. It won’t always be a smooth and easy road. Some lessons we will have to learn many times over. We will inevitably make mistakes, but He will offer grace when we get in our own way.
We may even just want to give up when it gets too hard. I had that same feeling with the new mower. I just wanted to give up, even though I enjoy mowing. I love those hours in nature, with just the hum of the mower and my thoughts. But my husband won’t let me give up. With all his sweet patience, he will teach me to use it and maybe, hopefully, some day I will agree it is indeed the best mower ever!
God is faithful, and He will not give up on us. Take your requests to Jesus. Ask Him to teach you. He is always able and ready as long as we are willing. The Teacher is always there, speaking deeply into our hearts, giving us the guidance we need.
Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)
God is faithful, and He will not give up on us. Take your requests to Jesus. Ask Him to teach you. He is always able and ready as long as we are willing. -Jennifer Ueckert: Click To Tweet Leave a Comment
Michele Morin says
Jennifer, I have words of encouragement for you on the zero turn. We have had a family mowing business for several years, and my husband and kids were ecstatic over our big zero turn mower–which I vowed I would never use. (I wish I had gone into it with your positive attitude.) I did eventually learn, but it did not come naturally to me. I go zipping all over the place on ours now, and it saves a lot of time.
I guess I am a slow learner, and I see the same need for patience and remedial help in my spiritual life as well. Thanks be to God for patient husbands and a patient Savior!
Jennifer Ueckert says
Yes… so grateful for His patience! And thank you for the encouragement with the mower. I appreciate that and I appreciate knowing I wasn’t the only one!
Bev @ Walking Well With God says
When I had six surgeries (and long recoveries) in six years, I admit getting very frustrated. “Is there something, God, you want me to learn that I’m not learning?” I felt like a remedial learner who had to repeat the course over and over. There were lessons God wanted me to learn – different from what I thought He wanted to teach me. I agree that we need to get over ourselves and get out of the way so that God, the ultimate teacher, can teach us. So thankful for His loving mercy and patience with me…give us an update in a few months!
Jennifer Ueckert says
Yes! I know that “what do You want me to learn?” feeling well, my friend! Thank you, Bev! xo
Dawn Ferguson-Little says
Oh your new lawnmower sounds like when I don’t drive I used to never went back to it. Since had to give it up because of health reasons due to seizures. Now since I had my women’s operations I only had one very small one one night. Never had another once since. But I 8 years this Christmas out of driving. No I don’t want to go back to driving again. Too scared. Happy with life the way it is get by without driving. Get back to what I was going to say about my Husband. We change the car before Christmas because we had too. The new one is eco friendly. It kept at the start my Husband couldn’t get used to eco friendly part of the car. He kept saying never never again will buy a eco friendly car. As it was the way he was driving it. It conked out on him so many times. It drove him bonkers. He lost patients with the car. One day he looked at me say to put it mildly he said too me you don’t help matters you can’t even try and see if you can drive the car. You don’t drive. I hate this car. I said cam down. You have to get used to the eco friendly part of car it comes with it. He my Husband was so cross with car. He said Never at the top of his voice. He said I going to take it back to garage. Get one with no eco friendly part. But I said most are eco friendly. He said nothing. I went into prayer quietly for him all those times. Then we had neighbor who asked us could she get a lift into town with us. My Husband said yes. So she her and her Husband had a car that was eco friendly as well. They bought a year ago before us. Our car conked out because of my Husband was not used to eco friendly part. That day the neighbor was in our car. The neighbor new right away my Husband was embarrassed. That the car had conked out. He looked at me as if to say you say nothing. I didn’t know where too look but I knew he was not amused. The neighbor was sent from God. That day. She said to my Husband I know you are hot up embarrassed the car has conked out on you because of you are not used to eco friendly part of the car. Don’t be I had the same problem when we got ours. I was for giving up. Only my Husband took the time to tell me how to use it and drive the car probably using the eco friendly part of the car as it saves your fuel in your car. So my Husband said to her it driving me nuts I am for taking the car back to garage I bought it from next week. I can’t stand it and I don’t like it full stop. No she said you don’t do that. When you do as I tell you. You will be all right. Like your Husband did with you took the time and patience with you over the new lawnmower. You at first didn’t like it and it was not all it was not supposed to be as the guy in shop said it was going to be. Then when shown how to use it properly like my Husband and his eco friendly car. He loves it not. That day the neighbor we had with us said to him cam down you do this and this. My Husband told me the same thing with our car. I did that and I listened to him. Ever since I had no problems with our car it does not conk out. Ever since our car does not conk out either. My Husband loves the car now. He didn’t take it back to garage. Sometimes we have to stop and listen to what Jesus is say to us. Not get angry. We might not like what he saying to us. Like the car and the lawnmower we have to have patience’s to learn how they work it could take time. We might also have to stop say why is God not answering our prayers is there something we are doing wrong that is not pleasing to God and is causing a stumbling block in our spiritual lives. That we have to go God and put right. Listen to the teacher who is God. Who will tell us where we are going wrong through his Holy Spirit. So as we can have messed up ask his forgiveness. As God to help us put it right and make us new people that he wants us too be. God will if we done something wrong then forgive us. Love today’s reading Jennifer
Jennifer Ueckert says
Thank you for sharing that story, Dawn! I love that it all worked out in the end. You are so right, we do have to stop and listen to what He is saying to us… even when we don’t like what that may be! He is our greatest Teacher!
Thank you for sharing your heart here today! I especially like the saying in the top picture and will write it down for one of the quotes that are on the walls, or in the cupboards of my home. Thank you for your reminder that we do sometimes get in our own way! I also appreciated the mower story as we have also been thinking of getting one of those zero turns and I am not a quick learner on things such as this. It took me a long time to be comfortable on the riding one we have. I would rather weed whack the whole yard:) But I am glad for the heads up on what could happen. God bless your husband for guiding you and being patient with you as you learned. Another good lesson and reminder for us, especially as summer is upon us and there will be new things that I am teaching our children or that I am needing to learn. Grace and patience.
God bless your day!
Jennifer Ueckert says
I had to laugh when you mentioned to weed whack the whole yard, Lydia! LOL I have mentioned that myself, although just for our ditch! I hope I didn’t deter your decision. Most people love them, they cut down on time a lot and I think I will get there someday. 🙂 Yes… grace and patience!
Lauren Griesmeyer says
Really nice way of writing Jennifer! It really sounded wonderful! Enjoyed today’s reading! love in Him, Lauren
Jennifer Ueckert says
I appreciate that encouragement, Lauren. Thank you so much!
Theresa Boedeker says
I can relate to being a slow learner in life. And even needing to relearn the same thing multiple times. So thankful God is a patient teacher who gives us help and more help.
Jennifer Ueckert says
Right, Theresa? We certainly need His patience with us, don’t we?!
Nancy Ruegg says
Your experience on the mower, Jennifer, reminded me of learning how to drive with a stick-shift. The coordination of clutch, shift, and gas did NOT come naturally to me. My dear father was an incredibly patient, grace-filled, faithful teacher until I achieved success, offering a picture of our greatest Teacher, God himself. (Dad did that often!)
Jennifer Ueckert says
Aww… I love that, Nancy! Thank you so much for sharing. I love the thought of your dad offering a picture of our greatest Teacher! It is a blessing to have someone like that in your life!
Beth Williams says
The disciples were slow learners also. They were walking with Him daily & yet did not understand His teachings. He told the same things over & over yet nothing would sink in. We are like that also. Taking lots of time to learn things. I went through many trials with my aging parents. There have been several times I asked “what must I learn from this”. The obvious answer for me was patience. It took a while, but patient Jesus taught me some patience & grew my faith & trust muscles also. Very thankful for a long-suffering, calm daddy Jesus who gently teaches us lessons of life.