Sweat was pouring from my face.
My knees and gloved hands were black as could be.
My hair, well…we won’t even go there!
It’s that time of the year where I’m yanking up weeds in both my yard and in my flower beds. I do the beds before we mulch.
Why you ask?
So that I won’t have to deal with these pesky weeds all summer long!
There are the small weeds, which pull up easily.
There are these weeds that appear to be about 4” in height and as I begin to pull and declare war on them, I realize I need more help.
I get my shovel.
I grab my husband.
I spray the round up.
I do whatever it takes to get rid of the nasty weeds that desire to overtake both my yard and my gardens.
I wonder to myself how in the world I’ve never noticed this particular weed before because I’m finding it’s roots have extended in so many directions!
How did that happen?
When did it take root and I hadn’t noticed?
Some weeds can appear “pretty”.
I remember when my children were little they would often pick me a handful of dandelions.
I see my grandsons now doing the same to their mommy.
Cute and adorable, yes.
But, it doesn’t change the fact that they are really weeds.
I’m sure you know where I’m going with this.
We’ve all allowed “weeds” in our lives.
Some haven’t taken root as much as others, and yet others
are downright deep within us.
We’ve allowed them to fester and spread.
Weeds, when left untended will destroy.
They weaken walls. They choke plants and takeover.
“thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins”.
I’ve been thinking of particular weeds for a few days now and I’m reminded of the weeds of:
Hardness of heart
To name just a few.
I think we all have times when we know we have to deal with an issue that we’ve known about for a while and it’s time to do some gardening and weeding within our soul.
The exciting part is that we have the best Gardener in the World
He is loving and gentle and kind
And perfectly understands how each weed got there in the first place.
If we allow Him
He will make us “weed free” so we can shine and reflect Him
As He intended from the very beginning.
As for me
Yes, please weed me Lord
I don’t want to deal with the same weeds in my life for not only this coming summer, but the rest of my life as well. I want to be weed free.
I want to reflect you and share your sweet fragrance with others.
Jesus says: “I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener.”
“For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”