August 14, 2015
My kitchen window overlooks the neighbor’s grassless backyard and occasionally I’ll see two middle school aged boys using a shovel to tackle some sparsely scattered patches of weeds. Last evening while doing dishes I watched the boys stirring up dust as they rode their small bike around and around in circles. The image of a witch riding a broom flashed through my mind. Taking a closer look as they passed between a tree and a shed I realized they had tied a long handled hoe to the frame of the bike and were dragging it behind them as they circled the yard. I’m not sure they ever did connected with a weed, but they sure had fun trying. “Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment” (Ecc 11:9 NIV).