Bring on the Decay! (The 45th Parallel)

Written by on November 21, 2013

Mushroom #3

My friend Stuart Funke took this photo of mushrooms in his yard in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Did you know that mushrooms grow on your lawn when conditions dampness and the availability of organic waste are conducive to their growth? Mushrooms are fungi that thrive on dead organic matter so they’re probably growing on dead roots that are decaying or old scraps of wood that were buried or covered by soil.  (

Spiritual parallel: Where do you see decay in your life? That’s the very spiritual ecosystem in which your new dream’s mushrooming!  Father God loves to take rot and  breathe new life into it. Think back over times when you felt like your life was decomposing. Didn’t God redeem the season with much-needed switch-ups?  Betcha all the mushrooms in Stuart’s yard that He did. (I’m making an educated guess that even if I lose that bet,  Stuart will let you keep the mushrooms anyway.)

The 45th Parallel is a series of blog posts exploring spiritual parallels in  everyday sights. I invite you to email a photo you’ve taken that depicts one and tell how it illustrates overcoming; forgiving; encouraging; or our relationship with God. It may be featured in an upcoming blog post!

When did a time of death turn out to be the a source of life for you?

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  1. Anthony Otten   On   November 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Near the end of high school, I applied to a major scholarship at my favorite college and felt confident (maybe a little too confident) that I would get it. In the end I was runner-up for the award, and I was awfully disappointed. But then two months later, I got the award anyway, because someone else turned it down. In the end, what God made to die was not the chance to go to my dream school, but my self-sufficiency in pursuing that goal. I may write about this sometime. It was a valuable and humbling lesson.

    • Lynn Hare   On   November 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Tony, brilliant! When you’re mega-talented it’s easy to rely on your own strength. It’s even good to look forward to the future with a sense of eager expectancy. I, like you, am learning to relinquish control to God’s sufficiency – no more, no less. I’d love to see you publish a piece on the God-encounter in that scholarship.

  2. Susan   On   November 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Bring on the Decay reminds me of: Rom 6:11 (NIV) “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

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