Growing up in the Northwest I have postcard memories of farms and acreage framed with miles of an old country fence along their boundary lines,
A road of nostalgia which gets lost into the sunset from the mesmerizing eye that follows.
With grass as a green lush carpet and dew between my toes while walking barefoot at sunrise of my own property, I often wondered with curiosity why farm animals “down yonder” appeared discontented from their reach for what seemed was greener grass on the other side of the fence.
If truth be told, I’m sure we’ve all spent time in quiet thoughts over the years at our fence, reaching beyond the boundaries of blessings, wishing and wanting the mirage of greener grass on the other side of the fence.
As God has given each of us the keys as gatekeepers to our personal lives…
Charging us to be thankful for the abundance which pours from the open windows of heaven…
While also warning us the danger of leaving our post at our gate for the lure of greener grass beyond the fence…
In my childhood favorite “Wizard of Oz” by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Dorothy ran away from home for a life and greener grass she thought she didn’t have.
After facing the hard reality beyond the other side of the fence, teenage Dorothy Gale turned her heart back around towards the Kansas farm she shared with Uncle Henry and Aunt Em and those farm hands she dearly loved, vowing to never leave again when Dorothy realized her blessings,
“There’s no place like home.”
One summer day about a year ago, my husband David reminded me of our blessings inside our fence and home of 956 sq feet, with two bedrooms and one bath, still needing a storage unit for lack of space.
Discontented and missing our life in the hidden back roads of the country, God opened my husband’s eyes to the abundance He poured from the open windows of heaven for us, with the revelation after helping a neighbor down the street fix the roof of his older home of fifty years,
“We’re living like kings!”
While the grass may give the illusion of being
Greener on the other side of the fence.
We are encouraged to remember…
You may think the grass is greener on the other side.
But if you take the time to water your own grass, it would be just as green.
Remembering also to heed the warnings given to us as gatekeeper…
Whoever always looks for greener grass on the other side will never be able to appreciate the green grass that was right under their feet the entire time. One who is always looking for the next best thing will never be happy or satisfied with what or who they have.