She told me how long her evenings had been with her hubby working extra hours.
I tried to feel compassionate but was mostly wondering how she could complain...after all she has three solid days of solitude every week. What I wouldn't give for that! I'm certain if I had 21 blessed hours of peace and quiet I could leap over tall buildings in a single bound.
I felt horrible immediately. If we had to pick challenges, I'd keep mine over hers any day. Yet there I was peering over the fence at her presumably greener grass. Because we have that kind of friendship, I confessed. She 'fessed up too. Apparently she'd been thinking my grass was looking pretty sweet.
The seductive allure of that emerald green grass on the other side of the fence.
I heard a message last summer about longing for your neighbor's greener grass, and how our own would be greener if we'd take care of the weeds. My head assented to the sound logic, but my heart was heavy. I know better than anyone else just how weedy my lawn is and how hard I've worked to eradicate all the nasties. How many times I've been certain that I finally annihilated one only to find it as hardy as a wretched dandelion. Exhausting.
There is, however, a place where the grass is green beyond my wildest dreams.
This green meadow is not of my own making. It's a place discovered while following the Shepherd.
When I follow Him I have everything I need. He lets me rest in those green meadows. There He renews my strength.
He leads me in the paths of righteousness. He wants to. He's a shepherd. He leads me into righteousness--it's not the result of my own efforts.
The key to greener pastures is not in seeking weeds, but in seeking the Shepherd. If you see a weed, by all means, ask the Shepherd how He wants you to deal with it. Otherwise, let's keep our eyes on the Shepherd and our ears tuned to His voice and follow. If you feel lost, find His voice in a favorite Psalm or begin to worship, giving thanks in all things. This will lead to pastures so green you'll never long for the turf on the other side of the fence again.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He guides me along right path,
bringing honour to his name.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Psalm 23:1-3, 5b NLT