Muddy Water

“. . . the grass you trample down . . .”


 “Now then, my flock, I, the Sovereign Lord, tell you that I will judge each of you and separate the good from the bad, the sheep from the goats.  Some of you are not satisfied with eating the best grass; you even trample down what you don’t eat! You drink the clear water and muddy what you don’t drink!   My other sheep have to eat the grass you trample down and drink the water you muddy.  So now, I, the Sovereign Lord, tell you that I will judge between you strong sheep and the weak sheep.” (Ezekiel 34:17-20)

I think part of what draws me to daises is the beauty of their symmetry and order.  The center of the flower is especially intriguing with it’s intricate mosaic pattern of pollen packets that almost resemble ceramic tile.  As I enjoyed these daises in our front yard I was reminded of the need for order and symmetry in our lives.  Isn’t it amazing how God has built in such an amazing order for our lives – not just in how creation looks but also in how it works.  Even the daisy follows an order as its pollen packets are released in an orderly fashion from the outside in toward the center.


And just how are those pollen packets released in such an orderly fashion – why, with the help of a few friends, of course.


But think about it for a moment . . . If we were presented with such a an abundant supply of food, how would we approach it?  Would we work in an orderly fashion like the ant, respecting some inherent order and the possibility that others might need to eat at the same table – or would we make a mad, gluttonous dash and cut a zig-zagging swath right through the center?

I think one way to think about justice is in terms of order – God’s order.  God has ordered creation with the intention that all God’s children are invited to the table.  Remembering and respecting that, we are invited to the table with the understanding that it’s God’s table, not ours alone, and we are invited to eat knowing that others must also eat.  In the passage from Ezekiel God is upset because some of the flock have forgotten about God’s justice and treated God’s table of food and drink as though it was theirs alone with no one else in mind.  They ate and drank, but trampled the grass and muddied the water needed by other sheep in the flock.

I pray that God will help me seek justice rather than trample the grass and muddy the water of God’s other children.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor, Cross Lanes United Methodist Church
Cross Lanes, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on May 15, 2013.

One Response to “Muddy Water”

  1. Very well said! Thank you.

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