2015-01-07 - Back Forty
The house we lived in, from the time our daughter was less than a year old until she was fourteen, had a very large back yard. To give you an idea of the size: The driveway went right past the house and wrapped around the back in front of a separate two-car garage. On that back stretch of driveway, we had a basketball goal and could play half-court basketball as a family. Behind that area was where our kids learned to ride their bikes. They would take off on the driveway, but then go into the back section of yard, where there were a couple of large trees with a swing-set in between, plus a back corner hedge area wrapping around to one side of the yard.
On the other side was a neighbor who had an equally large section of back yard, but it was just grass. She often referred to that part of their property as the “back forty”. It didn't always get cut at the same time as the front, and around the house, as their mowers were not always “well” or there was just not enough time before dark to mow, they were out of gasoline, or various other reasons. Sometimes when I felt a little too OCD, I would cut it when I cut mine. Either way, it wasn't really noticeable from the front when people passed by our houses, if the back of any of the yards were cut, but I noticed.
I got to thinking about how, for various reasons, we sometimes neglect to take care of what God gives us. And while we all have times that we cannot tend to things on our inside (hearts and minds) or outside “back forty” (our temple or other physical blessings we receive), we need to be aware that God notices everything; he cares deeply about us, and how we praise him by taking care of every blessing awarded. Are you tending to your “back forty”? Excuse me, while I go tend to mine, right now.
“There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.” (Luke 12:2 NIV)
All scripture references are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.