Monday, July 20, 2009

Dealing with the weeds

This weekend I took advantage of an unseasonably cool evening by tending to an ignored section of our flower bed. I’ve been trimming it up instead of taking the time to pull the weeds out, as if it was grass instead of just weeds holding hands. I was unleashing all my strength on these weeds and was becoming more irritated by their defiance! There was one mega weed in particular that I was convinced was attached to the wreath on the door of hell…it was a beast! I had been digging, pulling and was covered in mud but was making very little ground. It had become dark and I couldn’t really even see the weeds anymore so tired, sore and frustrated; I decided to give up the fight for the night.

The next day brought warmer temperatures with lots of warm sunlight and I found a new determination within me. I gathered a new arsenal of tools, but noticed that the fight was not nearly as hard. Now that I could actually see the weeds, I could untangle the root. As I took my time uprooting all of the weeds, I noticed that all the digging resulted in some rich, tilled soil. I was able to smooth out the ground and turn the neglected bed into a rock garden, just as I had planned.

We have neglected ‘gardens’ within us too. When we stay in the dark playing tug of war with the sins and strongholds that have taken root in our hearts and minds, we soon become tired and defeated. But as soon as we shine the light of God’s word on the sin, it becomes so much easier to detangle. We use Scripture as an arsenal of tools to remove the stronghold and preparing our hearts for the truth that God wants to plant there. Once the strongholds are removed, we are ready for the purpose that God had intended for our lives…and the results are beautiful!

Do you have some ‘weeds’ within you that you’ve been ignoring? Are you treating those weeds like they belong there or, even worse, do you not even see them within you anymore? Ask God to show you which mega weeds need to be removed so that you can move closer to God’s plan for your life and look forward to the blessings of new blooms.

Be blessed,

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:13-17


Melissa said...

Great points Jen! Thanks for reminding me that the sin/bad habits in my life need to be dealt with all the way to the roots! Just trimming them up or snapping them off at the ground will just frustrate even more because once you wipe the sweat and stand to view your productivity, up that weed creeps again!

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