Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Fescue of Life

Living in the city has its differences from being in the country surrounded by pastures and ditches filled with weeds. We are discovering there is more required of lawns in town than there was on the acreage. When we moved here we thought our lawn looked pretty good. Neither neighbor had any yard yet. Since then both neighbors have had sod laid and are meticulous about watering their lawns. They have become lush and green. Ours, however, was sod that was now a year old and was watered only by rain.

We started noticing this weed growing within the grass and it was a lighter color and grew faster than the lawn. After several attempts of using weed killer we finally discovered it was fescue growing in our grass. Fescue is defined as various 'grasses' that are often used as pasture. The only thing that kills fescue is a chemical that also kills real grass. We also found out that fescue doesn't like water. It grows well in dry ground but watering keeps it under control. Facts we learned a little too late.

"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever" (Isaiah 40:6b-8 NIV).

Our lives are a lot like our lawn. Sometimes bad stuff starts to grow up in our lives and we don't always realize what is happening until it is too late. The bad stuff or sin begins to take over control of our lives and all of a sudden our appearance has become shaggy and blemished. Fortunately, we can make a change and get our life of grace and beauty back again if we immerse ourselves in God's word and focus our attention on Jesus.

Although it is going to take some time for us to get a nice looking lawn again, we have focused our attention on getting rid of the bad stuff and fertilizing the good grass, just as we need to do in life.

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