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.”

 

And The Weeds Grow On…

This is my second “installment” on weeds.  Really now, do we ever get totally finished with weeds?  I wish it were so.

Today my husband and I were cleaning out our front flower bed to prepare it for some “newcomers” on the scene.  We have what I call daisy bushes, though the garden expert at Home Depot had a different name for them.  We have a Gerber daisy plant that I’m trying to decide about planting.  We also have a tomato plant, which may have to find its home in the backyard due to the need for more direct sun.  We also are trying our hand at Cilantro and Oregano.  I’ve never grown herbs before so we’ll see how we do.

But, before we could plant the newcomers, we had to get rid of the unwanted guests…you guessed it, the weeds.  Now, I had cleaned this flower bed out…or pretty much cleaned it out when I planted bulbs last November and then again when those bulbs sprouted and became beautiful flowering plants.  But, still weeks after the last cleaning out there were many weeds with which to contend.

 

My favorite tool for this project is the “hoola hoe”.  I just simply attack that weed and the hoola hoe does the hard work.  But, interestingly enough, unless I go deep on the attack, all that happens is that the weeds rip out at the top of the ground instead of coming out at root level.

I could hear some of the weeds ripping apart as the visible weed was torn away from the roots.  It was quite a raw, gashing, torturous sound.  But still, though the flower bed looked better, the roots of those weeds remained. 

How very much like my life is that flower bed with it’s now hidden weed roots.  The surface may look good but if, when dealing with any sin issue in my life, I don’t let the Holy Spirit go deep enough and rip out the sin at its very root, the sin weed will assuredly grow back. 

If I don’t let Him deal with the source of my pride, it will continue to show its true colors at some unexpected, unpleasant time.

If I don’t let Him deal with any deep issues of pain, hurt, and bitterness, they will come right back and will do so even stronger because the roots will have had a chance to get stronger while they’ve been hiding unseen and unchecked.
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“Oh dear Father God, Holy Gardener of my heart, today please attack the roots of any sin that stands in the way of You having full and complete control in my life.  Don’t allow me to just let You have access to the surface of my life but to go deep and dig deep to remove what is not of You.  In the empty space that remains, fill me with Your beauty and make of my life what will be a sweet aroma to You.”

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.”