By Dana Doyle
I take lots of pleasure and pride in my yard and garden. There is something about working the land, sowing, weeding, trimming, pruning, etc. that feels to primal and fulfills my need to nurture. Recently, I used “Weed and Feed” on my lawn… Well 2/3 of my lawn died and turned to mud! Ugh!
Consequently, I have spent A LOT of time recently in the yard – raking dead patches of grass to get down to the dirt, spreading new Bermuda seed, watering daily, (getting impatient and planting St. Augustine plugs), watering some more…
I got to thinking today how growing relationships is very much like trying to grow a lawn. It takes work, time, trust and most of all perseverance! Our relationship with God is no exception. We have to take the time to get to know Him – show Him that we truly have a desire to put Him FIRST in our lives. This involves praying and attending mass even when we don’t feel like it. It involves reading scripture and faith books. It involves trusting that God will sprout those little seeds of faith in our lives when we “water daily.”
Recently, I had a conversation with someone who was struggling with many stresses and losses in her life. Why would God allow this? When will all the suffering end? How much more? I wanted so much to be able to give her a quick satisfactory answer, but knew that nothing I could say would placate her sadness.
Life has its ups and downs – to be sure! If things are going great – BAD NEWS – this will change! If things are going terrible – GOOD NEWS – this will change! Everything in life is subject to change – EXCEPT GOD. He always was, is and will be – unchanging, almighty! If we give diligent attention to nurturing the gift of faith (like watering the grass seeds) in the good times, then we will have an abiding peace (the peace that He alone can give) when things happen that test our faith.
God has planted the seeds of faith in your heart. Get out there, water them and FEEL them grow!
Dana Doyle is a teacher and religion coordinator at Lady of the Lake School in Mandeville, a wife, a mother of three, an author and an avid blogger. Visit her blog, “Catholic Working Mom” at www.danardoyle.wordpress.com. Read more about this blogger here.