I have noticed, while out walking The Wonder Dog, the full ditches have lead to the frogs taking up residence in The Hood. If you have never had frogs sing you a lullaby at bedtime, you have missed one of sweet wonders of nature. I grew up on a hill above a pond and that sweet night song always brings warm and dear memories.
Unfortunately, with the heavy rains we have reached the saturation point in the ground. It is no longer able to suck up any of the rain, or it has rained so much in such a short period of time that the ground cannot absorb it fast enough. This result is the runoff of all the water, filling ditches which empty into the streams and lakes. In a very short period of time, we have gone from want to plenty in the water department.
This has caused the systematic suicide of one of my yard's most important assets--the earth worms ! When the ground becomes too saturated, the worms come to the surface for a variety of reasons, but chiefly to migrate. They crawl out of the ground and begin their blind search for better ground (or greener grass). Though they need moisture in the dirt to enable them to make their tunnels which make my garden happy, they are not satisfied with the plenty under their noses (literally). Somehow they end up on my front porch on the concrete, where there is no water and their demise follows quickly. If they had only headed to the back of the flower beds, under the eaves of the house, they would have been spared this untimely end. It seemed like a great thing when it started raining, but in the vain search for better, they lost their way and met their bitter end.
NOW, I am sure you have heard of all of us being compared to sheep in The Word, but I dare say this might be the first time you have heard us compared to the lowly earth worm! As I looked at these worms, I thought of how often we blindly stumble down the wrong path, when all we truly needed was right in front of our face. For whatever the reason, over indulgence in pleasures of the world, straying into dangerous waters, dis-satisfaction and looking for more, we get ourselves into a bind when we loose sight of the potential for danger and head off in the wrong direction. How often have we become panic stricken and forgotten the Great Guide? He will provide an eave to crawl under! Why The Word describes Him as a Mother Hen shielding her chicks under her wings. First---we MUST have our eyes upon The Guide and be willing to be lead to the safety of the eaves!