Half of our front yard has been a mess for quite awhile. Besides having dead grass, our Live Oak has kind of taken on a life of its own. Last week marked the third time its roots had invaded our home sewer system, making for quite a stink in our guest bathroom. The first two times, we had a plumber come and dig out the roots, but both times they warned us this would continue to happen without a permanent fix, which had it’s brochure full of provided solutions.
We let it go. But this third time was quite the charm. Not only had the roots grown back into the sewer system, they had also grown into a broken plumbing pipe 4 feet underneath the tree.
So three days and nearly three thousand dollars later, we have our backed up sewer and our broken pipes repaired, but that Live Oak tree still stands. We’re having it removed this week, and replaced with a tree that is more conducive to our needs.
We have projects just like this all over the yard, and in the house. Areas, unmaintained, begging for attention. It’s eye-opening really. It’s beyond procrastination…more like if we ignore it, it will go away. Or maybe nothing will go wrong with it.
The thought that kept coming to my mind over and over last week as they drilled & hammered & dug…”There are so many areas in my life that are suffering from neglect.” My prayer life, my study time. The two areas I’ve always had the biggest emphasis on have been horribly hit and miss for the past while. And when those go by the wayside, so do the disciplines that flow as a result, like my eating, working out, getting enough sleep, etc. And when those go by the wayside…I’m sure you get the point.
My heart’s desire is to consistently abide in Christ, to stay deeply rooted in Spirit & in Truth. I don’t want to look spiritually all together on the outside, yet be a tangled mess on the inside. I don’t want unmaintained roots that take on a stinky life of their own and become destructive to my relationship with God and others. That’s exactly what happens, though, when I become complacent and take my relationship with Christ for granted.
Lord, Jesus, be my maintainer, my enabler, my strength & discipline so that I can steadfastly abide in You. Thank You for being constant and ever near, even when I am not. It is all by Your grace and for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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