We like mooers more than mowing so the whole Steak Maker thing just makes sense for our family!
The Little Farmer has come to me many times in the past few days to discuss this mud hole in the driveway.
The primary concern is that people will think the muddy area is part of the driveway. After all there are tire tracks visible in the wet soil, so somebody (other than him) clearly drove through believing that it was the driveway. Don’t you dare blow this situation off, because it’s in the forefront of that little brain continuously.
I’ve tried to explain that it’s not really a big deal, maybe it was farm equipment that is wider than the driveway, or maybe someone wasn’t putting their full focus into staying in the center of the driveway and inadvertently made tracks in the hole. No matter how many times I tell the Little Farmer this is not a real problem and does not matter he can’t divert his focus.
I looked out the door one of those days and he was very seriously trying to outline the problem to my dad. His effort to recruit a sympathizer failed.
As I tried for what felt like the eighth time to explain that this “huge problem” wasn’t really a problem at all it hit me…this must be how God looks at many of our “problems”. He wants us to talk to Him, give our problems to Him, and then listen and know that He will take care of us. He doesn’t want us to focus on our worries like this boy has his mud hole.
The new perspective got better when I remembered that it was the Little Farmer himself who dug that hole. He spent hours using as much equipment as he could find. He became so engrossed in the enjoyment of creating the mud puddle last fall. I asked him multiple times to stop doing that.
Isn’t it ironic that he was oblivious to creating a problem just six months ago that he is agonizing over now?
While driveway puddles are a pretty straightforward mess to clean up, not all of our worries are. Our problems may require manual labor in conditions that aren’t pleasant.
Figurative mud holes take prayer and repentance. Prompted by a Bible Study and conversations with other Christians I’ve recently been prompted to repent and change. Change and the work to implement it are NOT easy. The reward, my spirit is glad to have a cleaner heart, and that is worth the change!
Matthew 6:27 Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
The Little Farmer laid in the hallway and asked me to hand him his sippy cup which was two feet away because he was too “stiff” to reach it. I wondered if this was a new effort to get attention. I brushed it off and tried to do what I could to help him feel better for two days.
Then my nose filled up, just like his. Hind sight shows he was achy, a symptom of the flu.
This adventure began one week ago. So, we’ve spent a lot of time in the house. Weeks like these make me appreciate legitimate opportunities to leave the house, like my job.
We’ve watched a LOT more television than usual.
Here’s what transpired as the weather warmed up:
After an intense day of promoting pork for me and playing and/or harassing the child care providers for my Little Farmer we like to go outside.
A couple weeks ago we found this, and he got reintroduced with naturally made mud. Don’t worry, he’s been carrying water from the house outside to make his own during the drought this summer.
He had the most fun getting “stuck in the mud”. Why has this been a favorite activity for the majority of his life?
My mom thought they could take a shovel to this old tree root for an “activity.” My dad and I drove in and he said, “We should hook the gator to that.”
When the gator only pulled up a small rotten edge of the big root my dad said, “Go get the truck.”
I was driving, and taking pictures of the process wasn’t safe. My Little Farmer stood back, tensed his whole body, shrieked with absolute joy and jumped and waved for a long while as this little “activity” played out.
He would much rather do stuff like this than his homework 🙂