Nell was used to doing things for herself for decades. Her working motto was “If you need a helping hand, look at the end of your arm.”
But Nell’s last attempt at loading up tree and lawn cuttings as well as tumbleweeds nearly made the front page of her rural newspaper. The annoyed motorists who trailed behind her got the experience of their lives – three times.
Nell had worked for some time cutting and pruning, but when it came to packing her green load, she thought, It’s only two miles from home, I can do it myself. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Though the cuttings and branches still teetered above the cab, Nell considered, I’ll just drive slow.
She tossed a rope, but couldn’t get it over the load. She stretched the elastic spider, but it only stretched around the end of the load.
That’s works about as well as a thong!
As she started driving slowly away, she turned the corner as tumbleweeds rolled over the tie down onto the roadway.
Nell waved the cars around her and she pulled over to repack the weeds. The tumbleweed tumble had stopped traffic three times. By the time she reached the entrance to the green waste site, her load was somewhat smaller.
What a nightmare! Nell decided.
A few months later, the next seasonal trimming resulted in Nell having an even larger load of cuttings and branches. I’m not very good at this. I need help.
“Bill, will you help me? I think this will only take ten minutes,” she asked her husband on a lazy Saturday when he didn’t have to go to his office. Being a former contractor used to hauling materials, he first sorted them by size and shape. Then he got out a saw and cut some of the thick branches and small logs into a manageable size. Bill compressed the branches and stretched the elastic spider over it all.
But thanks to teamwork, their trip to the green waste site was without tumbleweed troubles. All it took was a little of the right kind of help.
Teamwork makes all jobs easier. A perc is also to see and appreciate each other’s gifts. Another is a better plan with two or more working together.
Nell was challenged by loading up her truck, but Bill helped make it an expert job. Paul writes, “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” [Romans 12:4-6 NIV].
In all good things including telling about God’s goodness, he urges us to work together as Christians and teammates. It’s the path that tames tumbleweeds.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. She lives in northeast Arizona with her husband, Ed. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]