Please take a look at the picture. The first time I saw it, I was sure it was photo-shopped. But no. According to the Washington Post, this is a picture in real time. Theunis Wessels of Three Hills, Alberta, Canada was caught in the act by his wife Cecilia who snapped the picture this past Friday. "I was keeping an eye on it," he said.
Twitter blew up over the picture with some great responses:
- No worries. The fence will keep it out.
- In "mower" danger than he thought.
- The house may be gone but the lawn is immaculate.
- At least he won't have to worry about sweeping up the grass clippings.
- "Well, I don't see anyone else offering to mow the lawn."
- Metaphor for the Trump administration.
- When the wife asks you to do your chore or else, there's he*# to pay, a lot worse than that tornado.
- You think you're awesome but you're not mow your lawn in a tornado awesome.
You know what I see? Single-minded focus. Dude probably knew if he didn't get it done that day, he'd have to wait another week. In the words of Larry the Cable Guy, "Git 'er done." Theunis may be a bit nuts, but he got to check "Mow the lawn" off his Friday to-do list while his neighbors were cowering in their basements.
In his little epistle at the back of the New Testament, James writes that "a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways" (Js. 1:8). There was nothing double-minded about Theunis. The man was focused on the task at hand. For a person like me who's a little ADD and too easily distracted, I tip my hat to Theunis. He inspires me to single-minded focus as I go about my faith in Jesus and carry out my ministry.
Roger Miller, kind of big deal in the '60s liked to sing humorous songs. He sang one that had this lyric:
You can't roller skate in a buffalo herd …
You can't take a shower in a parakeet cage …
You can't go a-swimming in a baseball pool …
You can't change film with a kid on your back …
But apparently you can mow your lawn with a twister at your back …
if you have single-minded focus.
I think I'll leave the lawn mower in the yard and take cover if I can see a tornado, but there are other things in my life I could do much better if I would approach them with the single-minded focus of Theunis Wessels.