Shhh! Don’t tell him, but this is part of our grandson’s 3rd birthday gift.
He loves tractors and gets so excited when he’s allowed to sit on my husband’s riding lawnmower, when it’s parked (without the keys) in the barn.
His enthusiasm was great when they were over on Friday and our field was being cut for hay.
Although, I can appreciate tractors as useful, I have never found them as entertaining.
If anything, I was terrified of tractors as a youth.
The Tractor Safety Class our parents enrolled us in didn’t help my fears.
The videos of tractor accidents was enough to give me nightmares.
But I kept trying to get over it and learn about how to be safe while operating a tractor.
Our class was nearing it’s conclusion when we found out the passing test was a field day.
It wasn’t until we’d been dropped off by our parents that my younger sister and I realized we were in trouble.
We’d been sitting in a classroom for weeks listening to lectures or watching videos, but never done anything with an actual tractor.
Our father hadn’t allowed us any time on the tractor or even around it, because he wanted us to pass our safety class first.
Now we were facing a school parking lot which had been turned into a tractor handling field test.
There was a tractor which had to be driven through an obstacle course.
There was a tractor hooked to a round bailer which had to be backed up a slant into a coned off area which was supposed to replicate a shed.
There was a tractor which had to be hitched and then driven forward and then unhitched from a piece of machinery.
There was…well, you get the idea.
I felt like crying.
After we were signed in and told to join the first line we looked around hoping to ask for help from someone and realized we didn’t know a single person there.
Our instructor hadn’t come either.
Whispering about our predicament to each other, we were surprised to hear a voice behind us.
“Hey, are you new? I never saw you in my class before.”
He looked to be about my sister’s age (11).
We explained where we from and that we had been in a different class, but were new to the area.
Upon his friendly inquiry we also related our extreme distress over the circumstance we were in.
“You mean you’ve never driven a tractor before?”
We shook our heads.
He smiled kindly and quickly responded, “Well! Let me in front of you. You don’t mind do you? I’ll tell you all you need to know and then you can watch me and just do as I do. Don’t worry, you’ll both pass, no problem.”
I immediately stepped aside and let him in front of me, no one cared, because we were the last three in line.
He began quickly telling us everything he knew about the tractor we were going to handle first.
“You know about the correct side to get on a tractor–“
We shook our heads.
“Boy, they didn’t teach you anything about using a tractor in your class? No matter, always approach the tractor on…”
He spent the entire test teaching us and then being the example.
We all passed the test.
Since I was 13, I knew I couldn’t hug him, but I sure felt like it.
I knew we’d both have failed miserably if he’d not taken the time and effort to help.
This moment in my middle school years has been repeated many times, but in a far greater way.
Jesus stepped in and took the time and effort to help me not fail a far more important test.
Through His sacrifice and His life I have been cleansed from unrighteousness and given the instruction on how to walk with integrity through each day.
Every morning, when I wake, He’s ready and waiting to share with me His instructions for my day, encourage me as I face individual problems or circumstances, and supply all I need.
And it’s a never ending thing.
Matthew 28:20 NKJV — “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for that boy, so many years ago. Thank You for how You helped us through him. Lord, I know You are my greatest help and the One who supplies all my needs. I know You provide for me in ways I could never anticipate and You use things in my life I never expect You to. Lord, thank You. It’s incredible how You work all things together for good for those called according to Your purposes. Please continue to teach, direct, guide, and instruct me in Your Word that I might not sin against You. I want to honor You in all my actions, attitudes, and words. I want my life to be a reflection of Your Word and bring glory to Your name. Thank You! Amen.