Dead Grass

We have lived in Colorado for 4+ years. The front of our house is facing south so our backyard is facing north (obviously). Every year we have shoveled our patio snow onto the grass and it piles up and stays on the grass all winter long. When spring comes and melts the snow, a large spot of dead grass emerges, and it takes 2-3 months to fill in from all the snow that was laying on the grass.

This year, I decided to shovel the snow off the grass so that I wouldn’t have the same dead grass patch that I have had for 4 years. Here is what it looks like after shoveling it off the grass.

It was about 4 feet high on the grass and it is now about a foot of snow. I hope that my effort today will help to give the area the necessary time to blossom and not die this spring (which is 3 months off). When the snow covers the grass and doesn’t allow the sun to permeate the blades of grass for months on end, the shoots begin to die.

It reminds me of my life at times. Snow in this case represents various things in my life that cloud over and cover areas of my life (and maybe yours as well). Take for example our physical life. When we allow the -5 degree temperatures to keep us inside, our body begins to lose it’s fitness and we move into laziness and atrophy of our muscles. If we cover our minds with the destructive elements of politics and governmental structures (as well as other mental knowledge that is negative), we will begin to lose our ability to see how the Lord is still in control of this world. If we begin to listen to the negative messages of our relationships and don’t uncover and get rid of those messages, we will begin to disconnect from those persons that we need to be connected to. The relationships will begin to die.

During the darker times of life (the winter seasons), it is important to shovel the snow (the coverings in life that have stopped the sun (SON) from permeating and burning off the coverings. Once the coverings have been removed, our grass (relationships, personal perspectives, body fitness, etc.) might have a chance to grow and not die.

The first step in this process is to evaluate what is covering areas in your life so that the sun can’t come through. The next step is to shovel those coverings so that life might emerge. Happy shoveling.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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