in the cracks
one of the most common questions when talking with people about landscaping is about maintenance. people always want low maintenance. “please just make it look great! oh, and could you also make it so that i don’t have to do much to keep it looking great. yeah, that’s the kind of landscape i want.”
so i go home and on my way into the house i see the cracks between my pavers and alas, there is a varmit that has taken up residence. crab grass. but i am not disturbed because there is only one little varmit there. in all my property there is only one. and i can bend down and pull it out and that will be all taken care of. minimal maintenance. and in the background i hear louis armstrong singing “..and i think to myself, what a wonderful world…”
sarcasm aside… i wonder where on this side of Eden you can find a sidewalk made of pavers with only one little tuft of crabgrass growing in it. because i am lying. i wish there was only one tuft of crabgrass or any other weed growing on my property. weeds show up almost everywhere anything of value grows.
where there is life, there is maintenance. is just how it is. there are cracks in our lives and there are weeds growing in the cracks. and if we don’t take care of things, they will grow up. more and more. and eventually they will take over to the point of not being able to see the sidewalk made of pavers. or any other solid thing of value and function in our lives.
we have the choice of guarding against being overrun with weeds. pull them when they’re small. get out the round-up and spray. whatever it takes.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” [Proverbs 4:23]
guarding your heart requires maintenance. daily maintenance. sometimes it can be moment to moment. because leaving the weeds unattended ends up choking out the best in our lives. covering the solid. the quality. sapping the energy from our hearts, from where the wellspring flows…