Paying Attention

mossSmallWhat is it? Do you recognize the subject of the accompanying photo?

It’s moss. Moss is really common; there are over 12,000 species. My lawn is primarily green because of moss. This is because we have lots of trees on our property, and grass does not like shade but moss does. The good news is that moss does not need mowing. If you want to trim it you’d have to use a hair clippers!

Moss is an often overlooked plant. This is due in large measure to the fact that it’s so short. You have to get down and close to really see it and appreciate it. Pay attention to moss and you’ll see it’s really quite amazing. Bend down and touch it and it feels like carpet. Moss is God’s version of carpet, living carpet. Get down close and you’ll see glowing golden stems sticking up with tiny pods at the top that eventually pop open and release thousands of spores.

I think one of the messages moss teaches us is to pay attention to the little things of life. We are often so much in a rush or so preoccupied that we miss the miracle in the moment. Stoop to watch the ants building their hill in the crack of a sidewalk one grain of sand at a time. Filter out the sound of passing traffic to hear the cricket in the curb-side flower bed. Listen between the words of what someone has said in order to hear what they really meant. Enjoy the comfortableness of the silence as you and your mate or friend are both reading in the same room. Savor that first sip of coffee, tea, or juice in the morning. Feel the breeze or the sun on your skin. Remind yourself of the sacred presence of God in what heretofore appeared to be an ordinary moment. When it comes to living each day, let’s pay attention!

“Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise: the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer; the rock badgers are a people not mighty, yet they make their homes in the cliffs; the locust have no king, yet all of them march in rank; the lizard you can take in your hands, yet it is in kings’ palaces.” (Proverbs 30:24-28 ESV)

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