Today, our backyard begins its makeover.
I’m so stinkin’ excited about this, I can hardly stand myself!!
As usual, though, amidst the blissful anxiety and explanations to children and arrangements with contractors and plans for the future, the Holy Spirit has spoken; as He so lovingly does.
The process is simple.
Today, the crew will come in and remove the weeds (because that’s the only thing growing in that back yard) and a small bit of the top layer of dirt. I remember the landscaping contractor telling us how careful he had to be, in the first phase, to take enough dirt to keep the existing sod together to make it easier to haul — this also ensures it’s all gone and doesn’t grow back through our newly transformed lawn — but to leave enough dirt to not require bringing in more dirt than we have to.
How many times in my life has He uprooted my entire way of thinking? We are, after all, called to “be transformed by the renewing of our minds”. Romans 12 goes on to tell us how to live as Christ; not to create a new set of legalism, but to show us what it looks like to walk in Love and be motivated by our love for Christ first.
The uprooting of the weeds in my mind leaves me bare and exposed. It brings light to my weaknesses. It reveals the good and bad in my life. It’s not comfortable. Some of the soil blows away in the wind. The rocks have to be dug out.
Fresh soil has to be brought in and scattered and smoothed. And then it’s tamped. It’s smashed down. It’s pressed.
Then the beautiful new grass is set down. It’s a joyous time! It feels complete. It looks lovely!
But the craftsman isn’t done.
He still has to steamroll the lawn to ensure deep roots.
Literally. Steamroll. Even more pressing … and we thought we were done!
Then, we have to water, water, water that lawn. I mean, we almost have to water log that grass at first.
Once the lawn is set and growing, we have to routinely cut it down so that the roots will remain strong and the lawn will stay lush enough to keep weeds from taking root again.
Doesn’t that seem so cruel?!
Isn’t that so much like our own journey, though?
So what am I learning from this?
I’m learning to love the process instead of fight it. I’m seeing the beauty in it; His loving hand scraping the weeds and top soil so the weeds won’t grow back. I see Him allowing me to be pressed so my foundation is firm and my roots will grow deep.
I am learning to love the press. I may not love what’s pressing me, but I love Him who continues to heal my heart and transform my mind as I allow Him to reveal to me new levels of Himself.
What’s pressing you right now?
What is this press teaching you?
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
Romans 12:2 (amplified)