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A Broken Lawn Mower

I heard an illustration about “God’s grace” a while back.  It was good so I thought I should share it with you.  It may vary from the original illustration slightly, but you will get the idea.

Imagine you have a broken lawn mower sitting in your garage.  It’s really broken.  The pistons are siezed.  You can’t even pull the starter cord.  The motor is done!  You’ve kept it in your garage with the hopes that you might be able to salvage some parts off of it, but now it’s just been sitting there for years.  It’s all dusty and full of spider webs and the muffler has that rusted out look.  Long ago you bought a new lawn mower for your wife to use. 

Just as you contemplate dragging it to the curb for the weekly garbage pick up, God walks into your garage and starts looking around.  He takes one quick look at the broken, old lawn mower and says he wants to buy it off you.  You protest:  “God, you don’t want this lawn mower.  The motor is shot, it’s rusting out, it will never mow another blade of grass again.” 

God holds up his hand and shakes his head, waving your protest to the corner of the garage.  He repeats his request and asks you how much you want for it.  You are starting to feel bad at this point.  You wonder if maybe God is a little overworked or something.  Clearly he’s not thinking right.  “God, you REALLY don’t want this lawn mower.”  “Oh, but I do,” he replies while removing his wallet from the pocket of his robe.  “I really want THIS lawn mower.”  He promptly places several crisp bills into the palm of your hand.  You immediately notice that you are holding way more money in your hand than you paid for the old mower and the new mower combined.  You are beyond the point of protesting God’s purchase of your old, broken-down mower. 

He thanks you with a hug and pushes the mower down your driveway, whistling as he walks away. 

Later, in his workshop, the mower has been completely disassembled and is in various stages of repair.  The parts have been painstakingly cleaned and painted to better-than-new condition.  We watch as God turns the final bolts on the wheels and gently removes the mower from his workbench and sets it on the ground. 

“You sure were in a sad state.  But I’ve got you all fixed up now.  I have big plans for you,” he says.  “Big plans indeed.  Fields and mountains that need mowing.  Heavenly paths that need grooming.  You are better than new.  You are mine.  Together we will do amazing things to make the Kingdom beautiful,”  He proclaims.  “Now, let’s get to work.  You are ready!”

 

 

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