Years ago, we transplanted tiny groundcover plants from another area in our backyard. It has taken a little extra TLC over the years for these baby plants to get established. They are planted in soil that dries out fairly easily. They don’t get water unless we have a lot of rain that makes its way through the trees above. The pine needles and pine cones that fall each year provide a natural weed barrier and help retain moisture, but they also make it difficult for new runners to get established. Thus, the annual weeding of the groundcover.
The weeding is more of a cleaning, actually. Using my rubber-gloved hands to push aside excess pine needles from the outer edges of the plants so runners can latch onto solid ground. Using my leaf rake in the “still bare” areas to just skim the surface of any winter debris that has “flown in.” Using my sharp-edged hand tool to hopefully “get all of the root” when I come to the dandelions or mulberry and elm saplings that escaped last year’s ritual of care. Tender loving care.
And I wonder … what is “excess” in my life that could be moved aside in order for new life to emerge? Is there debris cluttering the landscape of my heart? Have I overlooked a nagging “something” that is now deeply rooted and needing particular attention? What new thing is attempting to take hold if I make some space for it, and nurture it?
Holy and Gracious Gardener God, we thank you for your tending of our souls. Help us as we seek your solid ground as basis for our lives. May we flourish in your tender loving care. Amen.
Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat