Page 116 began the work week on a short night’s sleep due to a car alarm going off in the neighborhood very early in the morning. It seemed like I had hardly gotten back to sleep when my alarm clock went off, calling on me to get up and meet our pest control person while the building is basically empty. As he did his inspection and service, I began the morning cleaning process to get the building ready for the start of the school day. As I finished up inside and got the trash around to take out, the sun was beginning to rise over the eastern horizon as it spread its light across the sky.
With a forecast of rain, I changed up my Monday routine and headed out to work on more of the brush clearing at the front of the property. It was a beautiful morning to spend on the tractor, leveling ground and pushing back brush to continue making the building more visible from the road. I was able to clear it back to a point where I need to do more cutting so it was a good time to take the loader bucket off the tractor and drop it off at a friend’s shop for some repair/rebuild work. By the time I got back to the building, my work day was nearly done so I finished up some inside work that needed done and headed home. Since the rain still hadn’t arrived, I put some pork chops on the pellet grill to smoke while we headed down to the Mishawaka Riverwalk to take some pictures and get our family “Waist Management” walk in. 🙂 With so many trees and plants in full bloom, the walk was a beautiful reminder of the goodness that God has created for us to enjoy.
As I think back over the day, I’m reminded of the beauty that stretched from the beginning of the day to the end. My mind also lingers on the loader bucket that I’m finally getting some repair work done on. The front edge is completely worn down, the metal has cracked down the center, the bottom has bowed to such an extend that when the center of the leading edge is on the ground the sides are a good six inches off the ground. I don’t know of any single incident that caused it to be in such bad shape. The serial number shows that the tractor and loader was put into service sometime in the late seventies or early eighties so it has seen a lot of time and use over the years. Every hour running the leading edge over concrete and asphalt pushing snow has slowly worn down, and worn off, the original surface. Every tree stump pushed out put a little more stress on the metal. And while it was never noticeably worse after any given project, all of the wear and tear has added up to a need for renewal.
Is it sounding familiar yet? Sometimes we have an incident in life that wears us down so quickly that we immediately know we need renewal, but most of the time the wear and tear on our spirit is more gradual and unnoticed until we reach a breaking point. The good news is that we don’t have to let our spirit go without regular maintenance and even if we have, God has the ability through His Spirit in us to completely renew and restore us. The process is generally less drastic if we spend regular time in prayer and God’s Word, allowing it to renew us daily. But even if we should drift, we are never beyond restoration if we are willing to repent and turn to God in complete submission and obedience.
I pray that you and I would pay attention to the cares of the world that tend to wear us down. I pray that we would daily be renewed by the power of God’s Spirit so that the wearing down does not accumulate. I pray that we would never conclude that we are too far gone for God’s restoration process to be effective in our life.