The miracle of replenishment

On the weekend my son played in a baseball tournament on a field of lush green grass. Miraculous. Not my son (although I like him quite a lot) or the baseball (they lost in straight games) but the grass. A month ago he played in a tournament on the same field, but then it was on shrivelled, brown, crunch-crunch-with-every-step grass.

Ottawa, Canada where I live experienced a record-breaking hot spell and drought this year. Weeks and weeks of blistering heat passed with no rain. The province declared a state of emergency for the surrounding farm lands. Plants shrivelled and grass retreated into a straw-like dormancy that had the deceptive appearance of death. I looked at my grass and wondered if it was beyond healing.

Then it rained. Overnight the grass regained its green. A week ago my street landscape was brown; today it is green and lush like nothing ever happened. People in dry or desert regions might be accustomed to this kind of transformation, but for us, drought conditions are rare.

We marvel at the miracle of awakening that follows replenishment.

People are like that, too. With the right nourishment—healthy food, proper clothing, shelter, love and encouragement—people flourish and blossom. When deprived of vital nutrients though, they shrivel and retreat into a defensive dormancy that has the deceptive appearance of death or hopelessness. To look at suffering people, we could be fooled into believing they are beyond healing.

But, if we feed these people, clothe these people, give them clean water to drink, educate them, love them and encourage them, we see the miracle of replenishment. We see them slough off dormancy and reawaken to grow and flourish again.

A lesson from the green, green grass of home.


About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on August 14, 2012, in Environment, Gratitude, Inspiration, Living life to the fullest, taking care of our planet and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. louie schwartzberg

    great story of rejuvenation!

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