In the Garden
It’s finally spring and I just came in from working in the yard. I was surrounded by trees just beginning to green and flowers coming into bloom. Soon the yard will be filled with green grass and the perennials will fill the areas around the house with lots of color. But then there are the weeds.
Spring brings on the beauty of the earth but it also brings on the weeds that have been just waiting to pop into existence. Unlike the more accepted flowers that we work so hard to propagate, weeds seem to come up in the worst places at the worst times. Our lives are sometimes like that. We try to sow the beauty of a good life but somehow the “weeds” of jealousy, prejudice, pride, worry, and unbelief enter our spiritual gardens. Like the weeds in our yards, we try to battle these pesky plants but the weeds still come.
Moreover, like those outdoor weeds, they can grow fast. Without proper care, these weeds can quickly take over our lives. Still, it doesn’t have to be that way. God doesn’t want us living lives filled with these noxious attitudes that choke out the positive things in our lives. Jesus tells us that he came to give us peace from the “weeds” of this world and he will but we must do our part.
Sometimes the best way to kill weeds in the garden is to make the plants around them so healthy that they drown out the bad ones. The same is true of our lives. If we are living spiritual lives that are healthy, the weeds have nowhere to grow. If we are to grow good strong plants, one way we need to do this is through a solid plan of fertilization. Within our lives, fertilization comes from how we spend our time. When we spend time with the things of this world, the weeds grow but if we spend time with God reading his word, praying, and listening for his voice, we drown out the weeds. The more time we spend in the Word and prayer, the stronger our lives get and the easier it is to fend off the weeds that inevitably pop up in an untended heart.
What are you tending in your spiritual garden? Are you spending enough time with the Great Gardener and letting him weed out the bad influences in your life? God loves to help us cultivate our spiritual gardens and when he does, we find peace. This week, choose to plant only the beautiful plants of love, forgiveness, and peace and spend some time weeding out the negatives of your garden of life.
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