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The Grass Grows and Withers

Isaiah 40:6

A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.”

Life ChangeA number of summers ago I lost my front yard. A combination of lack of water – excess sunshine – and a weak root system did it in. I treated the ground – aerated – seeded with good seed – fertilized with starter fertilizer and winter fertilizer later in the season and that following spring I fertilized it again. It came up strong and full. I fully realize that if I can’t figure out a way to water the yard in the summer – it will not be as full later in the year. That year I got an estimate for a sprinkler system – and that was way out of my price range. I purchased some extra hose and have tried – during the dry periods – to water the front yard. It did OK.

Even with all of that work that fall – just a few weeks into March even – my yard was like most yards – dormant (to a degree). It did remain green through the winter that year – thanks to fertilizers and a mild winter – but it was in a dormant state. With the warmer than normal March that spring – with lots of sunshine and some rain – my yard was ahead of schedule that spring. It had time that spring to deepen the roots and thicken before the summer months. I cut my grass at the highest setting my lawn tractor with a mulching kit would allow. I cut the grass twice a week during the peak-growing season so I don’t leave behind piles or clumps of dead grass. I love a green lawn throughout the year!

I read today’s passage – Isaiah 40:6 – A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.”

I have struggled with my yard year after year ever since we built our home 23 plus years ago. It comes in strong and by the mid-summer – it is just about gone in the front. That year – it was completely gone by mid summer. It flourishes and fades – it comes on like it will last and then dies. I even hired a well-known company for the last three years to treat my yard – hoping that would help. It didn’t. I actually had better success doing it alone.

I wonder if this is how we are in our faith? We come on strong and fade? We return from a youth conference – a Promise Keepers event – Catalyst – a Women of Faith event – and we just fade from our spiritual high. We stand strong for a season – only to die in the heat of battle? Is our faith like the grass and the flowers that come and go? We’ve had flowers in our yard that bloomed and later died. We have a hard time with flowers too! Is our faith like this?

Maybe this passage is a statement about how short life is – on earth. We are here for such a short time – and if our focus is not on an eternity with God – have we not wasted our time here? I want the years I have left to be meaningful for eternity – not just for my enjoyment – although I would love some of that too. I pray our church is doing more than merely counting time. I hope we are focused on reaching everyone for Christ! Without Christ – like the grass and the flowers – when the time comes – we will wither and die – eternally – burnt in the fires of hell! We must be refreshed and lifted by the joy of serving our Jesus and allow Jesus to carry us through the good and bad seasons of life.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

April 16, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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