For the record… this photo is not me! I have a gasoline push mower, and technically a rider although it needs new tires. Just this week I did push my mower in a polka-dot dress and cowboy boots, so its not that far fetched that this could be me, but I digress.
This has absolutely got to be my favorite thing to do, and no… I’m not even kidding! When I mow the lawn I am completely alone with my thoughts, and it allows me time for the best thinking! I think about faith, politics, relationships, and anything really that is on my mind. For some people its running, or biking, but for me… its mowing the lawn. Although I am technically ” a runner” I now rarely run, and prefer gardening, yard work and “farming” tasks to running.
Just this past week I had to digest the fact that one of my favorite co-workers is leaving to pursue other dreams, and that one of my closest neighbors is facing yet another family tragedy. I am normally quick to react but lately I have been taking time to digest certain events, and that time is during my weekly to bi-weekly lawn mowings is so precious to my soul!
I never understood runners and their “I need to run to think” shpleel that they quote off all the time, and perhaps that’s just because I am an irregular runner, or perhaps its because I can hardly breathe when I’m running, and all I can think about is, “How much longer do I have left to run?”, or “I hate this song why is it on my “favorite running playlist?” or “My side aches”… Not to say that I don’t run, or don’t like it sometimes, but with mowing, its different. I can think, and think and think!
But now I understand them! It is my time alone with God. I lean into this time like I need air to breathe. I know some people “get by” without God, but I honestly don’t know how. I’m sorry if i’ve offended half of my followers, but I just don’t understand how anybody gets through life without Him?
What is your “running” or “biking” or “mowing the lawn? Where do you retire from the business of life and spend time with God?
After a good session alone with my thoughts I feel like I am ready to tackle anything set before me, handle any circumstance, or be the friend that a loved one needs me to be… so what is it for you? For me…. its mowing.