Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Yards of Our Lives

There is a time for everything
and a season for every activity under heaven:
-Ecclesiastes 3:1
The Wise Guy himself, King Solomon, acknowledged that there is a time for everything.

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
-Ecclesiastes 3:2-8
A time for everything.

A time to pick up dog poo and a time to let it lie.

At my house, its a time for picking up poo!

All winter long, I let it lie ... and yesterday, I spent ALL afternoon picking it up.

It was work (I've the blisters from the pooper scooper to prove it) and not necessarily something that I enjoy doing ... but, here's the thing, I DO enjoy walking across my yard without having to have my eyes glued to the ground the entire time, hopping and skipping to avoid any mishap ... so the clean-up was (of course) worth it.

I almost took a photo of  one of the two wheel barrows I filled with the foul collection, but I thought better of it ... and spared you the sight - and myself from reliving it!  (Instead, I blessed you with a pic of the poo-ers.)

All this poo talk reminds me of the figurative poo in my life.  (Haven't we all got a little poo on the yards of our lives?)  If I let it lie for awhile, it has a way of piling up ... and then it is such chore to clean.  I'd much rather deal with it on an as-it-comes basis and spare myself the blisters ... but, in the end ... whether its a 2-wheel barrow job - or a single pooper scooper job - the yard is always so much nicer poo-free.

Of course, as Solomon says,

Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before,
and God will call the past to account.
- Ecclesiastes 3:15

So, there've been 2-wheel-barrow days before ... and there'll be 2-wheel-barrow days again. There's nothing new under the sun ... but TODAY the yard is poo-free (to the best of my knowledge), and for that I am thankful!!!


  1. HAHA! That reminds me of when I was little and we had a dog...it my job to clean up the poop! YUCK.

  2. To my creative friend...only you could make a godly analogy about cleaning dog poo from a yard! Good job! :) Poo-rific!


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