Meet Theunis Wessels of Alberta, Canada. No, this picture hasn’t been photoshopped. He is actually mowing his lawn as a terrifying tornado wreaks havoc behind him.
Just a few moments before this picture was captured, Theunis’ wife, Cecilia, was taking a nap. Their 9-year-old daughter came racing in and woke her up. She was upset that there was a tornado outside but her dad wouldn’t come inside. So, Cecilia, apparently not too overly concerned about the swirling mass of destruction either, came out and snapped the picture.
So why wouldn’t Theunis come inside and seek shelter? Because “cutting the grass” was on the to-do list. Now, Theunis did say that he was keeping an eye on the tornado as he manicured his lawn and the tornado was actually further away than it looks in the picture. Nonetheless, Theunis clearly takes his to-do list VERY seriously (The Canadian Press).
While people have pointed out the dangerous and potentially irresponsible side of this story, there are some strong spiritual lessons here.
- When your life is storming, keep working spiritually. Difficulties will come. When they do, keep laboring for the Lord. Remember to “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).
- When our culture is spiritually swirling, keep working to follow the Lord. The views of our culture seem to move, change, and leave our heads spinning. Let’s not be people who are “tossed here and there by every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14). God isn’t the author of this confusion, but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33).
- When our world poses a danger, keep working towards heaven. Only the Lord knows what the future holds for us and our spiritual freedoms. Whatever the result, let’s keep “pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
We have a spiritual “To-Do List.” It’s not one that earns us a place in heaven, rather it’s something that we work towards as a result of our faith (James 2:14-26). Whatever tornadoes encroach on our faith, let’s keep an eye on the clouds and keep working for our Savior!