Before preceding it is perhaps a good idea to define whipper snipper. In Australia a whipper snipper is an edge cutter, or a weed eater. It is a gardening tool that trims the edges of your lawn and can be driven by electricity or petrol
It was going to be another muggy day so I decided to get stuck into the garden first off. What I intended to be a quick gardening chore turned into a two and a half hour session. At one stage I was feeling so frustrated that I would gladly have sold our home to the first buyer. Strange how I never considered calling a gardening franchise, but rather would sell our home because the whipper snipper was not playing nice. Talk about tossing the baby out with the bathwater.
The core of the problem that morning was that the whipper snippers were playing up, I give an inanimate object too much credit but go along with me here. We have a his and her whipper snipper situation at our house. His is a big powerful petrol brand appliance, mine is a simple off the shelf electric model. Both need twine and this was one of the problems, I had run out of twine for my model. I approached the macho model and gently coxed it into starting, which was much to my amazement! It purred along until it spluttered and died a short while later… no fuel. The twine also needed replenishing, this I was able to solve. However, after refuelling it I could not get it to start again.
I glanced over at the electric model sitting patiently in the corner, twineless. I remembered that somewhere in the cupboard was a reel of really thin twine that was inferior to the one I normally purchased. This twine snapped often, became tangled and in my mind was not up to the job. The thought of having to get changed and do a forty minute round trip to the store to purchase some twine was just too much effort. Typing this I realise my attitude was inferior too! I dug around and found the reel of twine, refilled the cartridge with little expectation of finishing the lawns and connected my whipper snipper to the electricity source. My expectations were not high and I was sure that this twine would cause me frustration and not do the job properly. BUT, it was all I had and it would have to do. However, this thin “inferior” twine surpassed my expectations. It cut the edges beautifully leaving a very satisfying sharp edge. It didn’t tangle or snap as I had expected. It snapped off as I became overconfident and ventured into some overgrown area that needed a slashing machine.
While I was trimming the edges of the lawn I was reminded of Gideon who was instructed to lead troops into battle. His tribe was the least, the weakest and it could be said that they were inferior to other tribes. Yet he got the job done because his faith and belief in YHWH was not inferior. This analogy might be a little far snipped (sorry) but the twine made me think about my thoughts regarding His calling. YHWH knows what our purpose is, what we are called to do. You see there are different grades of twine and each grade is suited to a specific task. YHWH is the gardener and He uses the gifts and talents within each individual to do the work. He purposefully chooses the twine for the job.
Sometimes twine becomes tangled or snaps off when it hits a snag, but that is only a small part of the whole twine. The gardener patiently stops, unwinds, rewinds and rethreads the twine so that it can complete the job. Much like our Father who is lovingly-committed to those who choose to serve Him. He will turn things to good for those who seek His will. He is ever so patient with me as I continually tangle and snap off. This analogy does not relate to our whole purpose in life, but there is a little gem and reminder here. Others may make you feel inferior, you may even recon yourself inferior for the calling on your life. But, I would encourage you to put yourself in His hands, to let Him use you to fulfil His will. YHWH is the Gardner and His expectations are for good, to bring Him esteem. Don’t compare yourself to others. Doing the lawn requires more than the twine, it requires lawnmowers of which there are MANY varieties. Lawns need weeding, feeding, and aerating. The twine in the whipper snipper is really a very small part of a much bigger process and picture.
Put yourself in the VERY capable hands of YHWH, your Father. Let His Spirit guide and use you in meeting the expectations He has for you. Submit your inferiorities to Him and let Him make you strong. Be the best you for His glory! (Romans 8:28)