Photo and Commentary ©2020 by Maylan Schurch
Friday, October 16, 2020

On a morning walk this past Monday, Shelley and I strolled by this long and healthy hedge. I was so fascinated by it that I went back and took the above photo, and the ones below. What fascinated me wasn’t the hedge’s length (which I later stepped off as 58 feet) but how carefully it had been trimmed.

Take a look at this:

And here’s a view from the opposite end:

To me, this is positively jaw-dropping. Though not an experienced hedge-trimmer myself, I can make a five-foot-long hedge look pretty good on the sides and the top. But to pull off that smooth-shaven, arrow-straight look for almost 60 feet without making it resemble a crinkle-cut French fry . . . . How did they do that?

I mean, think it over. Unless they had some type of guide-string stretched between stakes at either end, I don’t see how they made it look the way it does. But there are no stakes at the ends of the hedge.

And if you don’t have a guide-string, what you have to do—or at any rate what I would have to do—would be to trim a little, then back off and scan down the line and look at what I’d done and what I still needed to do, and come forward and snip some more, and back off and get perspective again, ad infinitum.

So where’s the “parable” in this? I believe there are two—depending on whether there was a guide-string or not. If there was a guide-string, it could represent the Holy Bible, humanity’s unfailing straight-as-a-string guide for centuries and centuries.

And if no guide-string was used, this could be a parable of how carefully we need to keep checking and re-checking the correct perspective on life’s pathway. The Bible, containing the record of thousands of years of humanity’s interactions with its Creator, can provide that perspective.

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