Embrace Your Inner Moss Pt. 2

     Last week we started this discussion about gardening. The question I raised was:How hard should we work to change the  landscape around us to fit into the mold of what current opinion says is beautiful?

     I am in the minority I think. I really like the moss most other lawners and gardeners work so hard to get rid of.  I even think that in certain respects crab grass is kind of cool. Now I work hard at my gardens. I mow. I prune. I move things around. But I really do try to think out of the box when it comes to subduing the world around me.      

     You may remember how originally I planned to get rid of all this stuff: It looked really gangly and gross when I moved in. I fought with it and took up a whole day in March trying to make it leave our lawn. I am really glad it was stubborn enough to stick it out until spring. Had I succeeded I never would have seen the spring landscape I now enjoy so much from my coffee table under the shade trees. Come on admit it it’s quite a picture!

        I’ll admit I like the wild look. There’s something intrinsically godly about it. I’ll also admit I am too lazy or too busy to fight with the lawn to make it line up in straight rows. I don’t know but I’ve never met a garden that wanted to grow square. The world is round and everything I have ever planted seems to grow in a circle or a curve. It’s we humans that insist everything be stuck in a box!

     Have you ever noticed that the more you insist on boxing things in, the more you insist on everything coming out exactly as you planned, the less it does so?  Case in point: I bought dirt for my garden boxes. I even asked the “expert” at the counter how much I needed. He told me. I bought the amount he recommended. He lied!

     I filled my boxes and had enough dirt left to fill another garden. Now I was wrankled. A part of me wanted to call the guy tell him to come get his dirt and give me a refund. Another part told me I should move the dirt across the lawn and cover the grass clippings with it. The achy broken part of me won. The part that says “Embrace your inner moss” took over and I built this

     Muddy says it looks weird. Most of our neighbors are probably wondering what the heck I am building. But at the moment I was sick of fighting with the dirt so I decided to embrace what I had and make the best of it.

      Those of you who read my post regularly know by now that I am not really talking about moss or dirt or gardens at all. I’m talking about an attitude.

      Life often hands us what looks like junk…trash…or moss. The beautiful thing about life is we get to decide what to do with the junk/trash/moss we are handed. I’m not saying we should always keep it. But sometimes I think we have to find a way of living with our moss. We have to find a way of making our “moss” into a blessing. What can we pull out of it? What can we turn it into that will benefit?

     As I close I just want to remind you that sometimes those things we think our greatest bane can become our greatest blessings if we only choose to embrace them for what they can bring.

“what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise” (Laura Story, Blessings)

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16 thoughts on “Embrace Your Inner Moss Pt. 2

  1. Man you do have a way of hitting the nail on the head. That song has been playing over and over in my mind ever since I started having these health issues. Still not sure why or where it’s leading me but I beginning to become more confident that God is in control. Not completely mind you 😉 but I’m getting there 🙂

  2. Hi, there are so many wonderful lessons and analogies with nature, esp gardening. Thanks for sharing some of yours.

    I have found that MANY blessings have come out of situations that I thought weren’t very “good” by my definition. I’m learning to look at life quite differently. My husband has a phrase for when anything seems to be going contrary to what he thinks is good … “that’s good” … God is the creator and does wonders in the unexpected. If we trust Him, He’ll show us the good in all things.

    Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

    Rachel

    • Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

      A-men! Not everything is good but it will work for my good if I can just keep loving Him and following His call for my life. That very pathway is a blessing! Thanks for commenting!

    • Indeed it is! The cat birds and cardinals love it in there and the cats can’t get them. I have decided my natural bird cage stays:) Thanks for commenting.

  3. Thank you, Pastor J

    ” Life often hands us what looks like junk…trash…or moss. The beautiful thing about life is we get to decide what to do with the junk/trash/moss we are handed. I’m not saying we should always keep it. But sometimes I think we have to find a way of living with our moss. ”

    And there’s a whole sermon right there: ( Jeremiah 29:11 and
    Psalm 139:16 springs to mind) The junk/trash/moss is not foreign to Him at all. He knew all about them way back when and He knew the time we would come across them. He already made provision but we get in trouble when we start putting ‘toss’ items in the ‘keep’ pile.

    P.S – We decided to mow. Guess what? We found moss in the backyard! I wasn’t happy at all but the little toads seemed to be having a ball. Your post is on my toe (again).

    Blessings,
    ann

      • Moss = frogs … not good.

        Grass is my only other option, yes?

        I’ll take concrete slabs or stepping stones 🙂

        Blessings,
        ann

      • O.K. so I guess that’s a vote for a patio. I think Paula is probably about to vote with you if her husband can’t fix the grass soon 🙂

  4. “I don’t know but I’ve never met a garden that wanted to grow square.” Apparently, Nate and I can’t even dig out a square hole for our garden. Next time he and I are working on it, I shall remember this post, be encouraged, and find the raw beauty in the rough edges of our first gardening attempt. 🙂

      • And you say this after I spent hours arranging my planters and introducing the veggie plantlings to my garden… ?

        Could it be that I didn’t need to plant them in straight rows? 🙂

        Circles and mounds would have been much easier to work with. lol

  5. Hello Pastor J,

    I enjoyed the article. You hit on so many great points. I have to agree, that we sometimes need to find a way to “live with our moss.” There are things in our lives that appear to be junk, or a yoke around our necks. Thankfully, God sees the beginning from the end, and because He is in control, we need to remember that some of the junk, is actually working out for our good. Maybe it’s not the moss that needs to be changed. It’s probably something within me, that God is using, to bring out the best in me.

    Thanks so much for sharing, this most thoughtful post! God bless you!

    Paulette

    • Thank you for this insight. He does see the end from the beginning doesn’t he? We can only see in the moment. How awesome to be able to trust ourselves to His sight!

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