Last year I only mowed our yard a handful of times, and when I did the mower processed more dust than grass. I stirred up so much dirt I half expected to start Dust Bowl 2.0. But this year is different. Sadly, the volume of grass in my yard has not increased, but the dust has been replaced by layers of Dandelions, lavender Henbit and a white flower can’t identify. I know our yard is a disgrace, but there is something wild and healthy about a space filled with that much life—weeds or no. It was so dry last year that weeds couldn’t even survive the summer. This year I have plenty of mowing to do (my wife would tell you I should be doing it right now).

     The rain has other benefits. It’s pleasant to see overfilled ditches, ponds using their overflow systems and marshy, muddy fields. We missed all that last year. Back then Kansas was like a loaf of bread left in the oven too long—dry, cracked and shriveled. This year, thanks to a few timely snows and rains, we are having a green spring.The fecundity of the earth is increasing with every shower. If it continues, the water table will begin to refill and lakes (like bone-dry Inman Lake) will wet their shores again.

The moral of these observations: 

     The drought last year probably can’t be tied to the wickedness of this area like in Ahab and Jezebel's day. Most likely, it isn’t raining now because we have been more righteous lately. Every indication is that nature is indifferent to our moral activities. But this recent moisture can have a moral result. It fills me with thankfulness for the verdant earth on which we have been placed and helps me to look ahead to the new earth God is preparing that will be perfect in all its natural functions—full of teaming life and beauty. It is a shadow of the unflawed world to come.

Eric Tippin
Near a brimming pond, Newton
May 4, 2013