Five acres of potential! We looked for over three years to find it. The ground was hard and unforgiving. The trees were dense and blocked the view of the peaceful lake.
Little by little we worked the land. The neighbors watched us for four years haul a riding mower out in the back of a pickup to tame the rough pasture & thickets. PING! With every rain the rocks and stones would surface and dull our blades.
We set out to remove the rocks. Five gallon buckets strewn on the side of the road became my husband's treasure. He placed them strategically around the yard and as the rocks rose, we tossed them in. But it was an overwhelming task. They just seemed to have babies!
Finally we called our friend, the landscape expert. In his jovial style, he chuckled and said, "I'm going to be your hero!"
Two days later he pulled up with five trucks. Not just any trucks… there was a semi loaded with straw bales; flatbed trucks that held monster-looking machinery; and dump trucks loaded with workers.
They took over the road in front of our home; in a day and a half they ripped up all five acres. Heavy chain rakes drug across the ground bringing all the stones to the surface, while the dozen or so men walked behind the truck picking them up and tossing them in.
We had our own personal army!
When they left, the seed and fertilizer had been perfectly mixed and distributed. Straw held it down and blue liquid mulch was sprayed on top to hold the straw in place during wind gusts. It was masterful!
As God would have it, we were scheduled to leave for vacation three days later. The master landscaper said, "All we need is one good rain." That night, 30 minutes after they departed, the rain came. Steady, gentle rain fell for almost 12 hours. We stared in amazement.
When we returned from our trip, our yard was green and rock free!
Wow! How many times do we struggle trying to rid our lives of stones, things that make us stumble, one at a time?
Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Matthew 13:5-6 NIV
With one remarkable act of passion for us, Jesus swept away all the stones that cause us to stumble. He ripped up the soil, jerked up the rocks, planted His love deep in our hearts and smoothed on His Word to protect us and allow us to grow.
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. Mark 16:4 NIV
Any stones in your life you're trying to move in your own power? The Master Landscaper has a better plan.