Grass grows at night.
Without anyone seeing it.
Grass uses the energy it gathers from the sun during the day to make sugars which are used in growth. During the day, the grass is gathering and storing sunlight, so that once darkness hits, the grass can process that sunlight, converting the energy into much needed nutrients like carbon dioxide and water, which then becomes sugar. Plants never stop using the power of photosynthesis in order to grow. In other words the light is always active even when the grass is surrounded by darkness. And the greatest rate of growth happens just before the dawn.
Grass, like so much of what is important in life, can have a growth spurt if it can survive till the dawn.
Recently, I have been meditating on Psalm 23, listening to the Holy Spirit give shape and context to my life through this Psalm. The psalm begins in the same way Jesus began, with an invitation to rest followed by a promise of restoration. Just like the sun rising over the field of grasses; An invitation to rest and inward restoration.
After that comes the movement – what we may call progress or growth. In psalm 23 the movement has two equal components, “paths of righteousness” and “valley of the shadow of death”. One could even assume that the paths of righteousness referred to in v.3 are the same paths that are leading through the “valley of the shadow of death”.
Follow the analogy with me. Grass grows at night. That is, grass moves through the darkness of night to come to new places of being in the light. “Even though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” Movement through the dark places is implied.
Without direct light.
Grow through those places.
Until we arrive again at the table and under the radiance of God. And we arrive there with new capacity to spread before the sun.
Grass grows at night drawing from the inward presence of the light.
When the sun rises, the grass stops all inward striving and reaching and revels in the warmth, heat, and energy of the day – it’s form being changed and restored simply by the presence of the light.
“He restores my soul.”
Grow in the dark. Revel and restore in the light.
under the same Shepherd,