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Waiting for Rain

A week ago, the earth moved at The Compound. It wasn’t some tremor of the New Madrid Fault…but it certainly changed the topography. With the skill of a surgeon, a guy with a skid steer loader filled our swimming pool* with dirt and regraded the back section of our one acre lot. In an area that once held some ratty brush, an termite infested shed, an imposing fence and a stinky swimming pool, we now had nearly 10,000 square feet of dirt.

Our backyard had previously been a hodge podge of unusable spaces. Now it sits as a vast open field, awaiting goal posts and a fifty yard line. And grass. Lots of grass.

There are two ways of putting grass on a large area. The first way involves a big truck, rolls of sod and rolls of twenty dollar bills. The price for a piece of sod 18 inches by 6 feet is almost 4 dollars. Figure it out. The second way is to plant grass. I’ll give you a moment to guess which method we chose.

Musical interlude while you grasp the obvious….

Three days ago, we set to work with grass seed, fertilizer, and twelve straw bales purchased at the local nursery. We spread the seed and fertilizer, then tossed the straw hither and yon until it covered the vast expanse (for which I have yet concocted a name – if the grass doesn’t grow it’s going to be the Eastern Playa).

I won’t tell you exactly how long it took, but suffice it to say we were grateful for the full moon before we were done. Eventually we finished and set the sprinklers to SOAK.

We slept the sleep of the dead that night, but awoke with the realization that we could never really keep the ground wet as needed to grow grass. We had sprinklers, but what we really needed was rain…a soft, steady rain that would soak the straw and save us some aggravation.

For two days I watched the weather with the compulsion of a retiree. C’mon, God. We need rain. Oh God we need rain. Oh God Oh God Oh God. Repeat. I was watching my backyard lie their dormant, seeds in the dying process, knowing that life lay in the heavens and needed to come down or all this was for nothing.

It struck me that my father did the same thing over as much as 1200 acres for 45 years…and if I was wrong, I would have an ugly yard. If he was wrong, he lost everything.

Yesterday, The Zoe Foundation received a tremendous breakthrough. I can’t go into details at this point, but it dynamically changes an upcoming event and positions us to enter 2011 much stronger than we imagined. It came on the heels of a discovery the day before that was nearly as game changing. I look forward to making the full announcement in due time, but the short version is that there is a sense of life on what we’re doing that is encouraging to my heart.

A few hours after getting the big news yesterday, the rain came. Not a torrent that would wash away the seeds, but a gentle fall rain that soaked the ground, soaked the straw, and puddled around the low spots, bringing hope of life to what was dying in order to live.

I’m holding to this picture as tightly as I can in several areas. Looking for the rains to come in our personal finances, in our hearts, and in the hearts of our children.

The big foundation news was just a token.

Last night’s rain was just a kiss.

The best is yet to come.


*Please, no lamentations in the comment section regarding the loss of a swimming pool. No one with four little girls, limited time and erratic resources needs a swimming pool, and even the big boys were excited when the realized that in leu of a rancid pool they now had a massive play space!


4 Responses

  1. Can’t wait to hear what is happening with TZF!

    And kudos for filling in the pool. When we were house hunting in the steamy South everyone kept encouraging us to buy a house with a pool. With two busy little ones, it sounded like a recipe for disaster! Now we pay for a ridiculously cheap municipal pool pass, and I let five lifeguards help me watch the boys and some poor teenaged boy to clean the bugs out each night. Brilliant!

  2. i love this.. and i am very glad you filled in your pool. I have too many stories of agonizing prayer for young drowning victims in Phoenix to ever want a pool in my backyard or yours.
    You will not be sorry to have this wonderful expanse of yard! I thought of you guys last night as the rain fell. 🙂

  3. I once had a Guesthouse with an 18 by 36 ft indoor swimming pool. Our three kids swim like fish. But the winter heating bills were 450 per month. When we moved to Mercer Island Washington, I converted the pool room into two 12 by 18 bedrooms & a 32 by 24 bonus room.

    The house sold quickly for a great profit. It cost me 8,000 to create 1200 sqft of living space.

    I would like to have a swim spa

  4. Maybe I should gather some crazy intercessor types and learn a rain dance….oh, wait….

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