My daughter and her husband recently moved into a house with a large yard. They were quite excited to learn how to grow a beautiful lawn and spruce up the old beds. It was a lot of work, but they were quite happy with the initial results.
It did not take long and she started complaining about the weeds that were coming up. “Why is it, that we have to give so much attention to the plants that we want to grow and yet, these weeds just come from nowhere and take over?” she asked. And then she told me how this had been a spiritual lesson of sorts for her.
In the parable of the sower (Matthew 13) Jesus told of a farmer who threw his seeds in the ground, not all of which grew to produce fruit. Thorns and thistles grew up all on their own to choke out the good seed. It is frustrating to see that just like the weeds, sin needs no encouragement. It can pop up in the most unexpected places and take over. It’s a part of our fallen world in which we need to be alert and ready to weed it out so that the good seed can grow.
I’m not a gardener, but this is one thing I know . . . weeding just gets harder if you ignore it. There is something about tilling the soil in order to produce good fruit.
Lord, allow me to recognize the weeds and the thorns that choke the good seed in the soil of my heart. Help me to be persistent in allowing You to weed and water for a good harvest.