Today a sudden summer shower brought respite to the parched earth and an army or earthworms came forth!
On my early morning walk I had to be careful not to step on them as they slithered, rolled and wiggled their way attempting to cross over to the other side of the walkway.
Obviously some were not going to make it but some did.
All to soon the emerging sun began to ” take its toll.”
The brief rain had presented enough moisture for traction , bringing them up to explore.
Time to surface,
Time for change,
Time to cross over,
And time to go back home again.
I have never been a worm lover but in observing this exodus my curiousity drove me to do a little research on the computer when I returned home .
Here is what I learned about earthworms:
1. They plow the earth by tunneling through the soil.
2. They create passageways in which air and water can be absorbed.
3. The root systems of plant life beceome compacted with out them.
4. They eat dirt
5. They stay underground most of the time because darkness keeps them from being dried out.
6. If they get dried out, they cannot breathe.
7. The wetness created by rain stirs them to come up and travel overland, breathing new vigor into their predictable existence.
So earthworms really do matter to ecology, to plant life.
They have purpose.
But once in a while they need to discover a new vista before returning to home, productivity and familiarity.
And so do we.
Summer showers also water a parched faith, encouraging us to come out and look up and cross over to see God in a fresh way.
We need to stay connected to HIM in a vital ongoing relationship.
We need refreshment for we too must return home and once we do the root of belief is strengthened.
God knows when to send the showers, when we need to cross over and when we need to tunnel in once again.
Thank YOU LORD for the earthworm.
Although he eats dirt, he makes a way for us to eat food and drink in beauty and understand once again the wonder of a God who executes creation with such detail that even the most humble organism is an intricate part of the life chain.
Nothing escapes YOUR EYE.
Nothing is without possibility.
Nothing is insignificant.
Nothing is without hope.
“Show me your ways Oh Lord teach me your paths… my hope is in you all day long” Psalm 25:4-5c
Breathe into us ” The love of God “today in a brand new way because of the example of YOUR provision for the earthworm.
May our faith increase in the Living God.
Love to you,