Just four days after our lawn was installed, Lauri told me one morning… “I have something really important to tell you.” The last time I heard those words Alyssa was born 8 months later… so I braced myself… “WE HAVE GRASS!”, she said. Don’t tell Alyssa that I was almost as excited for the grass as for her birth.
We have been faithful. Our lawn has been watered every day —either by us or by nature. We have fertilized. We have prayed… and now we have grass! Sure, it’s short grass at about only 1 inch long, but it is grass! Green is poking up all over through the yellow layer of straw. Sorry, but I just can’t contain my excitement over grass!
Now, there are some bare spots. Places suspiciously missing the vibrant green that I am longing to see. So, I ponder… why are they bare? They received the very same fertilized topsoil, the very same grass seed, the very same careful attention… yet, there is no grass growing there. Will we see green in those places soon? Is the germination process just a bit delayed there? I sure hope so. Fearfully, I wonder if the chipmunks are somehow responsible. Really don’t like those little annoying critters.
My lawn reminds me of a teaching Jesus once shared. “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” Matthew 13:3-8 NLT
Jesus’ garden parable is to illustrate the microcosm found in people who hear the Gospel message found in Jesus. Some people hear and know The Message, but that knowledge doesn’t affect any change in their life, because they don’t fully surrender to what God desires to do in their life. They read the same bible, attend the same type of church, hear the same teaching, have the same opportunities of those who are flourishing in growth in Jesus… but no fruit is realized — the ground of their heart remains bare.
Will they ever see the green of growth in their heart? Is the germination of the Gospel just a bit delayed… I sure hope so, because a heart that is bare of Jesus’ influence is a heart that is still lost. So, this week I have been praying that the roots of the gospel would grow down deep in the hearts of the folks of Christian Alliance Church. May our bare spots be few and our fruit plentiful.
Now, if those bare spots in my lawn will just start to sprout! I think they just might. And just in case… I ordered some chipmunk traps…