Pretty, isn’t it? To most of us in the US, nutgrass is a nuisance in the lawn. It’s not the same as Charleston grass or Centipede. It doesn’t grow in nice, neat, small blades. It’s not easy to manage. Still, one clump is sort of pretty, growing wildly any-which-way.
As I was praying and meditating the other night, Isaiah 53 verse 2 came to mind. “For he shall grow up before him like a tender plant, and like a root out of dry ground…” And then the Lord spoke to me. What does that mean, like a root out of dry ground? Have you ever considered that?
No, I hadn’t. I knew this chapter referred to Jesus, and I’d sort of thought it meant he would die. A root out of dry ground dies, I thought. But then the Lord said to me, Think about nutgrass for a minute. So I did. How does it grow?
I thought some more. Well, it — it grows by spreading underground, actually. It doesn’t just have a single root, it has multiple spreading rootlets. When there is no water, the top root may protrude out of the ground. It appears dead, dry, like that root out of dry ground in Isaiah 53. But it’s not dead. It spreads sideways underground, sending out little rootlets searching for water. When it finds water, then the small root turns downward to the water, and sends another tender plant upward.
That’s what Jesus did, the Holy Spirit said. And that’s what the church is doing. The tender green plant grows, so green and healthy and strong, but if a time comes when for whatever reason it begins to look dead, it really isn’t. It just spreads underground those searching roots, seeking the water again. It will find water, nourishment, strength, and another tender plant will spring up.
Most home owners will tell you, you can’t kill nutgrass! You can pull it up, stomp it flat, cut it off or poison the leaves, but those roots are still underground. You can pull some of them up but you can’t get them all. Sooner or later, it will rise again. Jesus did, and his church does!
You know, I have a different attitude toward nutgrass today.