The recoil pull starter on the lawnmower no longer recoiled. The long rope with the plastic grip handle on the end lay limp over the mower. The last time it was pulled it didn’t recoil, so the rope could no longer be pulled in an attempt to start the mower. It was broken, no doubt about it.
It needed fixing. I could fix it! That’s what I thought. After all, how complex can a lawnmower engine be? Surely it would be a simple matter of removing a few small bolts, lifting off the top housing, rewinding the rope within and putting it back together again.
What makes the rope quickly pull back into the mower’s housing after you pull it is a long coiled spring. When I took off the housing I exposed this coiled spring and it sprung forth, uncoiling like a startled snake striking, launching out into the air, then landing across the lawnmower and unto the ground, motionless.
Now to put it back, this was the task at hand. I wrestled with the uncooperative coil, trying to wind it back into the housing. I lost the wrestling match.
Humbled, I admitted I needed help. We lifted the lawnmower into the bed of a pick-up and delivered it to a local lawnmower repairman. A few hours later we returned to retrieve the now fixed lawnmower. The whole experience cost me my pride and some money, but at least the mower worked again.
The lawnmower episode was just another example of how I can’t do much of anything on my own; none of us can. No, we don’t like to ask for help with our problems, and that’s the biggest problem we have, not wanting to ask for help!
There are no self-made people in this world. We all need each other. The Good Lord has so designed life that we’re to be here for each other. It’s not a sign of weakness to reach out for help and to accept help when it’s offered, it’s a sign of being smart!
Yes, Jesus said that it’s more blessed to give than to receive, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t receive help from others. How can someone else be blessed by helping us if we don’t accept their help? The truth is, we’ll feel blessed when we do!
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)