Raindrops and Grass Roots

28 09 2016

Raindrops and Grass Roots

It was misty and off-and-on sprinkly, but thankfully warm the day I’d planned to finish my landscaping project. The day prior was hot and sunny and I lasted an hour before I hosed off the sandy soil and sweat and moved on to cooler, cleaner activities.

Counting on the shower passing, I sat in the open doorway of the garage. Nothing—no crosswords or technology—was occupying my brain and fingers as is usually the case. Just sitting, listening to the rain. Noticing which leaves moved to the dances of the raindrops on their surfaces. Hearing the plop of drops off the eaves—some into a puddle, some onto drier pavement. Different sounds. Different amounts of water gathering. Breathing in moist freshness.

My tension over the condition of our world and the pain of loss I had been feeling abated as I prayed and soaked in nature’s comfort. With one large cleansing breath, my shoulders dropped and relaxed, grateful for my natural, pure, gentle surroundings.

I looked out at the wet scene again. Why rain drops? Why not a gentle one-time sheet-blanket of water that drifts down to earth and gives us fauna and flora a drink (and is done in an hour)? At what point does a droplet become a drop? A mist become a shower, become rain? Or, for that matter, a downpour?

The rain stopped and it was time to get busy, my sharp shovel attempting to cut through grass to create a flower bed. It was a tough layer, strongly interconnected into a single, cushy , seemingly impenetrable carpet. I pulled a chunk from its soil moorings—heavy! I shake the extra soil off and the grass itself was quite light. It had held that ground. A single blade of grass can be tossed by wind or torn by a fingernail. Its roots are no more than hairs. But joined together, they required a great effort to pull and were a force to be reckoned with—and respected.

Which brought me back to the rain. It looks like raindrops need to come together in great numbers to serve rain’s purposes. It looks like when blades of grass come close and intertwine, they are a strong powerful force. Snowflakes. Grains of sand. Leaves. Clouds. Seeds. Voices in song. Orchestras.

People.  Prayers.

E-Votions by efb–September 28, 2016