Ditches are constructed to drain water from the land, especially during or immediately after times of heavy rain or melting snow. Ditches are the things into which drivers sometimes drive or swerve and then need to be towed out of them.
We don’t generally think much about the ditches alongside our roads. We certainly don’t want to end up in them with our cars. They tend to be somewhat filled up with trash which once it has blown down into them remains stuck there and gets water-logged. When we have roadside clean-ups the main focus is clearing this refuse away. For one thing it is unsightly, but it is also a danger to the functioning of the ditch as it may block the passage of water causing back-ups in the system.
If I sent you off to find examples of spring-time beauty, I doubt you would head straight for the ditch along your road. But just as there are awesome and beautiful things happening in a world full of sin, hate, and war, there is beauty in our ditches. In our neighbourhood it is one of the first areas to have really green grass which is a spirit lifting sight after months of snow. No matter how much garbage may be thrown into your life, seek out the beauty and revel in it!
photos were taken in the drainage ditches in my subdivision on April 29, 2011