The Traveling Weed

This is the third and last “discussion” on weeds…I hope.  I guess we’ll see if God has any other ideas next week!

I mentioned my friend’s yard a couple of weeks ago.  She and her husband have moved into a new home to be closer to their daughter and her family.  She decided to relocate some of her plants from the old house so she could have them at the new house. 

She was not familiar with one particular plant but thought it was pretty so brought it with her.  At the new place she found out that she had transplanted a rather healthy and lovely weed!  She had put it in a pot for travel.

 Oh the challenges of gardening for those of us who don’t really know our plants!

The day came when she knew it was time to uproot that weed.  It was a very pretty plant but who wants to keep a weed when you come to recognize that it’s a weed!

She and I had discussed the idea of weeds being a “good” visual of sin and how deceptive it can be.  This weed was a perfect example of that issue.  Sin can be pretty,  inviting and something we might like to hold on to.  But, deep down, there is nothing worth keeping when sin is the thing that will take the place of what is actually healthy and beautiful.

She pulled that plant expecting it to have deep roots.  When she pulled it she was surprised to find that it was quite easy to remove because the roots barely went below the surface of the dirt!  This “beautiful” plant was recognized in enough time that the roots didn’t have a chance to grasp onto anything and cause damage. 

How I wish that the sin that I think of as “beautiful” and “valuable” and worth keeping was as easy to get rid of as her “beautiful” weed.  Unfortunately, that is not always the case.  Sometimes I hold on to them long enough for the roots to get a firm grip on my heart.  I then am faced with a more difficult task of digging up the roots than if I had dealt with it, or allowed the Holy Spirit to deal with it early on.

“Dear Lord, Today, please help me to be willing to let go of the sin issues that I try to hold on to.  They really are not beautiful when they do not look anything like You. Help me be willing to let You uproot them before they have a chance to spread their roots deeply and become caustic to my relationship with You.  You are what makes life beautiful.  I love You, Lord.”

 

The Unchecked Yard

This week I was having a talk with a friend who has been working on her new yard. She said her front and back yards were pretty free of weeds.  She stayed on top of that.  But, the other day she went to the side yard and low and behold, weeds galore!  Her sideyard is not visible from inside of the house so she had not seen all that was growing wildly.  Where the yard is not visible, the weeds are prolific. 

She noticed that the side of the house is not as protected as the rest.  The fence is down on part of it.  The bushes opposite the house have a break in them.  The wind can blow easily into the sideyard which means blowing the seeds and pollen from the weeds across the street right into her yard.

It made me wonder how protected all of my spiritual yard is.  Do I have a break anywhere in the protection of my life’s yard?  Is there an area where sin and temptation can get in easily?  Do I allow influences to blow in that are not good for my spiritual home?  Do I have an area that I am keeping hidden, that isn’t very visible from myself or others but the weeds of sin are still there and thriving? 

God tells me in Ephesians 6 that I am to use the armor He has provided for a reason.  It is for my protection from the things that could cause sin to grow unchecked.  Hebrews 12:1-2 says to set aside or throw off the sin that entangles or hinders us. Those weeds in my friend’s yard can get entangled deeply together if they continue to grow as they are. Then she will have an even bigger problem when she attempts to dig them out. She may need a larger tool than just a little hand weeder. Those weeds will hinder anything healthy from growing in her yard.

If I don’t have an attitude check many times during my day, a bad attitude will entangle itself so deeply into my heart that I will live by that wrong attitude. If I don’t keep a guard on the things that my heart is feeling and my mouth is saying throughout the day, the negative things I allow to build in my heart will hinder anything good from being grown by God’s hand. It is for my spiritual safety and well-being so that I do not allow things that will negatively impact my relationship with Him. 

I don’t want the weeds of sin to grow unchecked and be prolific in my life and I’m sure you don’t either. 

“Dear Father God, Today, weed out my heart and my mind of the “little” things so that they don’t become big and of those that have already become big. Use whatever means You need in order to clean up my Spiritual yard so that You can grow in me whatever You desire so that my life is a sweet aroma to You.”

The Consequence for God

Recently, I was reading a devotional and the writer made a passing comment about the sin Adam and Eve committed and the consequence it made  for God.  She went on in her writing to talk about many other things but I was stuck on that remark.  I’ve always known that there was a consequence to sin.  I mean, because of sin, God sent His Son, Jesus to die on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins.  Because of sin, God could not look at His Son while He was hanging on the cross bearing the weight of our sin.  Because of sin, man (and woman) is separated from God.

But what occurred to me in that moment was that time became a consequence of sin which touched God in a huge way.  God made man/woman to have a relationship with them…with us.  He wanted to walk and talk with us.  He wanted to show His love towards us.  He wanted a full relationship but sin entered the picture.  And now, even though we can experience forgiveness from God and can have a relationship with Him, it will never be complete and full and all He planned until we are in His presence either through death or upon His return to get His children.

It occurred to me that there are many times when I am anxious for God to work or for God to move or do something or fix something.  I am not good at waiting and I want time to pass quickly so that I, or someone else I know and love, can experience healing or a problem to be resolved.  God walks us through a process in those tough times to bring us into a deeper relationship with Him.  But the larger picture is that God also is waiting and though time is different for us than for God, He is waiting to bring His children home so that He can share the relationship with them that He intended in the beginning, before sin entered the world.

“So, Lord, the next time I’m a “little” impatient wanting something right now…help me to remember You’ve been waiting and will continue to wait on us.  Thank-you God for your patience.  Help me to wait on You.”