Making a Difference By Modeling Your Life After Marram Grass

Happily doing what God created you to do even if no one notices

Leona J. Atkinson
Jun 29 · 3 min read
Bandon, OR. beach — Original Photo by Leona J. Atkinson — 2019

Recently, for my birthday, I was able to spend a few days at the Oregon Coastal town of Bandon. Bandon is located very close to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area so there is a lot of sand dune like areas near the beaches.

On my way to reach one of the beaches in Bandon, I had to walk through some very sandy, grassy areas and at that time I was reminded of an article I had read quite a few years ago regarding Marram Grass.

Marram Grass is a marvelous and fascinating work of God

Perhaps you recall walking on the beach through areas of Marram Grass, which is also called Beach Grass, and not thinking too fondly of it, for it was rough and scratchy on your bare feet.

However, Beach Grass or Marram Grass is a very important plant to our beaches and sand dunes. It has the ability to adapt and grow fast under difficult conditions, as its long-reaching roots bind the sands together, helping to stop erosion.

Marram Grass is quite an interesting plant. Its scientific name is Ammophila, which in Greek means “sand loving”. Its purpose is to prevent erosion, increase stability, repair damages, and encourage new growth in sand covered areas.

Cross-section of a leaf of Marram Grass — Image from Beyond the Human Eye Dune Builder-Dr. Phil Gates

A microscopic cross section photo of this sand loving plant shows what seems to be many little happy faces within it, causing one to think perhaps this plant is very happy doing what it was created to do on the beaches each day.

The plant’s strategy to deal with life, where the collection and retention of fresh water is problematic, is to roll up in times of stress and hold on to what it has acquired. Even after its death it still provides nutrients to help other plants around it grow.

This causes me to think that Marram Grass is quite a marvelous and fascinating work of God.

It actually could represent what we Christians should be doing in our world today.

As Christians, we should be making a difference in this world around us

In this constantly shifting, swirling, changing world we live in our presence should bring stability. We should be rooted and grounded so firmly in God’s word that no erosion can take place where we are located, and if somehow the enemy or the world does cause damages to faith, hope or belief we should be actively repairing those damages and encouraging new growth by clinging to what we have been given in Christ and sharing it with others as needed.

And even after our death our life should be a living legacy that will help and encourage others to continue in the faith.

Let’s think upon this, and perhaps begin to model our lives after the Marram Grass, that often overlooked plant that continues to happily do what it was created to do, even though no one may notice.

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