The grass always looks greener on the other side. We quote this saying to friends and family when they are about to jump ship, change churches, backslide or simply do something that we don’t want them to do. We say that the grass always looks greener on the other side with the subtle insinuation that it really isn’t. That once you get to the other side you will realize that the grass wasn’t greener it just looks greener. Well I have a little different take on why the grass looks greener, it’s because it usually is.
When I lived in Lake Charles, we had a pretty large piece of land but snuggled up to the side of the house and the driveway was the sewage system. When we first moved in to the house we had a couple of teenagers help us paint(big mistake) and as they were leaving they somehow backed off the driveway through the grass up and over the sewage system. Then the put the cement blocks back in place and neglected to tell me about the little incident. A couple of months later I began to notice that the grass around the sewage system grew very rapidly and it never quite dried out all the way. As you probably have pieced together, my lawn was getting fertilized the natural way.
The grass was greener there than it was on the other side, but you probably didn’t want to have a picnic on that patch of green grass. Some of you may be contemplating a move, a decision, a change in some way and I want you to understand that your eyes are not playing tricks on you. The grass really is that green, but you don’t know why the grass is that green until you step off into it. There are reasons that certain plants grow well in certain areas and there is a reason that God has planted you where you are. He intends on you to grow where you are planted.
The next opportunity always looks enticing, if you are looking for something chances are you’ll find it. But we have to realize that God has us positioned and He will make his plans obvious to those that are seeking after Him. We look at the lifestyle of the rich and the famous, the megachurches, the Jones and we immediately see that the grass looks greener. Well it probably is but you can’t see the inside, you can’t see beneath the surface and in reality they could be looking at you in your current situation and seeing that your grass is greener.
It’s sort of like when you are looking for your cell phone, you’ve looked under every couch cushion, in the Boy’s toy box, and in the dog house, then you finally realize the it has been in your hand the entire time. Things or even people can’t fulfill you, that only through your relationship with God can you be fulfilled. Until we realize that simple concept we will forever be looking for the thing that we’ve had in our grasp the entire time.