I really enjoy thatching my lawn every spring for several reasons. The most obvious is that a long winter season is coming to an end, the birds are singing and the perennial flowers are breaking through the earth’s surface. Secondly, I love working outside, especially after a cold spell that keeps you held captive to the indoors. Third, it is meaningful that my heavenly Father has provided a place for me to live and enjoy and lastly, most of all, thatching is a reminder of God’s ability to remove the old, unwanted and dead vegetation that is no longer productive.
Removing this undergrowth allows the soil to breath through the process of aeration, while also making room for new growth. Over the winter the ground becomes hard and crusty, but thatching breaks up that surface allowing moisture and nutrition to absorb more easily for a stronger root system.
My life longs for the same from my Creator – God’s thatching process. He wants to pull up and remove the dead, unproductive and unwanted subsurface areas of my life. He desires a better-prepared soil so my spirit can receive truth for life change and new seasons. And, He’s so good at knowing exactly what spiritual nutrients I am in need of for growth and transformation. It doesn’t always feel the best, but I trust His thatching process because He loves me.