2017-08-23 - Four Times a Charm
I know the saying is usually: “three time's the charm," yet in the instance of my planting my emerald green arborvitae the end of last week, it was four times. I started about 9:00 am, and hoped to be finished in an hour. Of course, I was not finished in an hour, but three hours and at least a quart of ice water later. I’d also forgotten that where I would be planting was the east side of the property, and it was forecasted to be sunny, hot, and humid. It certainly did not fail to reach those expectations. Fortunately, we had just had utility markings done for the deck work, so I knew I was nowhere near anything dangerous, before I began planting. I felt like a fish out of water, digging the first and second holes with very little rhythm and pattern to the process. The third one went a bit better, and by the fourth hole, I had a consistent pattern with the shovel, the lawn bag set up for grass patches coming out, the garden soil ready to wrap around the shrub as I set it in the ground, and the watering can ready to moisten and help the roots begin to settle into their new home. Subsequently, I’ve continued to water them daily to give them a good start, not to mention the fact we have had very little consistent rain, of late. As I finished up, I thought about how in this instance, “four time's the charm” was most accurate in describing what I now call “operation natural sound barrier.” These shrubs get twelve to fifteen feet high and three to four feet wide and will, in time, reduce sounds at the edge of our backyard from a nearby road. Sometimes, however, while working through even a relatively simple operation, we realize that it’s a process.
As we move along in our faith journey, we should also remember it is a process. We may sometimes feel inadequate, ill-prepared, tired, and even clumsy, trying to be our best for the Lord. We just need to keep going, keep praying, keep trusting, keep learning, and letting Him lead us to the next hole to prepare for the seed. In so many ways, it will get easier as we lean on the Lord. Unlike an idiom, upon which the title is based, when we follow the Savior, we can always be certain it’s the best path.
“He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.” (Proverbs 21:21)
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.