The Wood Chips

It’s been too long since I posted anything. After surgery was over and a month of recovery time, I’ve had to go back to work. My boss has this ridiculous idea I need to be productive during work hours. Like DUH!

The last couple of weeks have been a blur. I fell on the way to the doctor’s office my knee cart hit a rock on the way to the ‘safe’ handicap ramp and flipped me over the handle bars landing squarely on my ribs. It wasn’t long before I realized the ability to breathe is important. The pain was so bad I laid down to “rest” and it took me a full 15 minutes to just roll over so I could sit up. Oh I wouldn’t wish rib damage on my worst enemy. So it’s taken me a couple of weeks to just recover from that. Blogging kind of fell off the radar screen if you know what I mean.

But this morning was special. I walked down the driveway to get the paper. I picked it up and as I was walking back up the driveway, I noticed the freshly spread wood chips to the right and the left of the house. This has been a concern of mine for some time. Most of the tree services in our area no longer cut and chip. They simply cut, stack and leave or take it with them. But they don’t bring chippers with them. But my wife found a company that chipped. We had to have some tree work done so she hired them.

Turns out they chip. After they were done, they had a load of chips and asked us where to put them. My lovely wife showed them. Since we need two loads of chips, I didn’t think much of it at the time. About a week later I was working and got a knock at the door. It was the driver of the chipper truck that did our work. “We are cutting in the area and need to dump this load of chips. Can you take another one?” Sure, so I showed him where to put it.

I thanked him and the Lord for the gift. But it wasn’t until this morning walking back up the driveway I connected the dots on the earlier concern I had about paying for the chips we would need. The Lord provided exactly what we needed when we needed it and I was so blind, I didn’t get that it was an answer to a ‘concern’ I had. I don’t remember if I prayed specifically for it or not, but The Lord did provide.

God is something special ain’t he?

Jekyll (Sometimes Hyde)

I can’t hear you ………..

I am out of pocket for a few days. Well ok, another 6-8 weeks.    I am not immobilized but I am recovering from surgery that greatly restricts my mobility. So my wife is stuck with taking care of me. I’ve been an outdoors guy all of my life. I’ve worked outside in all types of weather. But now, I can’t walk into the kitchen by myself. I can’t make myself coffee without a great deal of difficulty. I can’t take a shower by myself. I can go to the bathroom by myself, but I can’t let the dogs in or out. I can’t mow the yard. (I am hoping you are getting the picture here). I find I am dependent on others to do things I have done by myself for my entire adult life. And you know what? I find I hate every minute of it.

It turns out my wife isn’t so comfortable with the idea either. A friend from church called and asked how they could help us. I jumped at the chance to have someone else mow the lawn. I mentioned that as we talked and I could tell my wife was nervous about it. She was going to pay someone to come and mow as well as some other things that needed to be done. But she acceded to the help and then our friend dropped the big one on us. They were going to bring us food. We were both stunned. SOMEONE IS BRINGING US FOOD! We aren’t on welfare, we aren’t destitute, yet someone is bringing us food. What can we do to repay you we asked? “Oh nothing” our friend said rather nonchalantly. “We just want to help.”

Well there ya go! The Gospel of Christ in action.

Philippians 2:4 (HCSB) {4} Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

1 Corinthians 10:24 (HCSB) {24} No one should seek his own good, but the good of the other person.

I could quote others, but there is no need to. Our friends were modeling the Gospel right in front of our very own eyes and we failed to recognize it. We were so concerned about paying them back and being independent, that when Jesus was talking to us on the phone, we didn’t know it. I have a much clearer understanding of

Matthew 25:44 (HCSB) {44} “Then they too will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or without clothes, or sick, or in prison, OR UNABLE TO MOW THEIR YARD, OR LEAVE THE HOUSE, and not help You? ‘ [Red text my own addition so will not confuse it with a new translation you weren’t aware of.]

These folks that miss out in the end were so worried about their own deal and perhaps adhering to a standard that doesn’t exist in the Bible, that when Jesus did show up, they had no clue about it.

John 12:29-30 (HCSB) {29} The crowd standing there heard it and said it was thunder. Others said that an angel had spoken to Him. {30} Jesus responded, “This voice came, not for Me, but for you. Mark 4:9 (HCSB) {9} Then He said, “Anyone who has ears to hear should listen! “