I could say the problem is all those things we can't control. Things like the weather and what's growing in our neighbors' yards. But so could the folks living three doors down whose yard looks like something out of a lawn and garden magazine.
The good news is that gardening, if you could call what we've been doing gardening, can be very enlightening. It gave me a new perspective on priorities. I wouldn't call myself stingy, but this whole thing of investing seemingly endless amounts of time and money, with no guarantees, simply sucks. I'd much rather spend both on Annalyn and Gracie!
All that time working in the dirt has given me lots of time to think about other stuff, too. I've definitely developed an appreciation for those gifted with either green thumbs or perseverance. It also made me ask why a manicured lawn seemed important to me. Pride? Competition? Stewardship?
I had a friend who was all about being in tune with nature. Cindy seemed to be able to find a use for anything that grew. One summer, Rachael had the opportunity to spend some extended time with Cindy. Rach came home talking about gathering dandelions and making jelly from them. Whoa! You mean those yellow-topped varmints can be useful?
Maybe weeds can be like the troubles of life: annoying and uncomfortable, but with purpose. God allows troubles to rid us of what may inhibit our growth. Then He sends the rain and Sonshine at just the right time to ensure a bountiful harvest. His timing is perfect. Too little or too much rain, too little or too much sunshine can be damaging, or even fatal.
What works for me is to listening carefully to the wisdom of the weeds. What works for me is to look up, look out, look around, for the love note God's sending, just for me.
Is there something in your world that may need a second look? What unlikely vessel is God using to try and teach you a new thing?
I'll be checking in at Mary's and Holley's this week. Would you like to join me?