Keeping inner garden clear of weeks takes daily work

by Debra Whittington

But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Matthew 15:13
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7

Some time ago, I shared about the trees we planted last fall and the difficulty I had in watering them. Mark took care of the water problem and now they are getting plenty of water and are doing very well. The weeds are also prospering from all of the water the trees are receiving.

I wish there were a way to water the trees and not the weeds so I wouldn’t be faced with this new dilemma. When the weeds started to grow, Mark was on hand to mow them before they grew too big. This worked well, at least for a while.

Other things happened like Kids Camp, a conference in Glorieta and much more. Mark didn’t have time to mow these weeds for several weeks. Suddenly we were faced with weeds that were too big for the lawn mower. The only thing left to do was to pull or dig them up. This was a task that was easier said than done.

]Since we had watered the trees well, some of the weeds were easy to pull up although this was a long, tiresome project. The larger weeds had wrapped their roots among the roots of the trees and Mark pulled out some roots that were almost two feet long. They were taking all of the water away from the trees that were still turning brown.

Once the largest of these weeds were pulled up, the trees turned green almost overnight. With the biggest weeds removed it was time to start on the smaller ones. Armed with my heavy gloves and a shovel, I went to work. It was hard work and I was unable to do as much as I wanted to do. Besides, the physical stamina to dig for long periods of time, the heat also forces me inside. It will take a long time before I have completed this task, but I am determined to work at it as much as possible.

It would be easy to just throw up my hands and quit. It would also be easy to place the blame on Mark or myself for letting them get out of hand. Instead, I am going to do my best to take care of the problem.

There is a great deal of similarity to these annoying weeds and sin in my life. It is easy to ignore what I classify as little sins in my life when to God there is no such thing as a little sin. As these weeds pose a threat to the well being of our trees, so sin of any type poses a threat to my life as well.

I know I will always fight the battle with weeds in my yard, but once removed the plants I want to have in my yard grow and thrive. Already our trees are starting to grow and I look forward to the day when they tower over the yard and provide shade to rest under.
Such is the case in my spiritual life. I look forward to the day when I have victory over the sins that plague my life and achieve the life that God wants for me. However, I know I will be working on it for the remainder of my life as little things pop up.

Sometimes it is the little irritations of life that grow and grow until they become a major problem. I find that if I take care of these things as they arise, there is less danger of them becoming a major stumbling block in my life.

Just as my trees need water to help them grow, I need the Word of God to nourish my soul. Like my trees, when I apply the Word of God to my life, I am able to rid myself of those things that can harm me like the weed roots harm the trees. Like the water on the trees, the Word of God loosens the hold the weeds of sin has on my life so I can rid myself of them once and for all.

I know there will be more weeds to face, just like I know I will face many more challenges with the weeds of sin in my life. I need to be diligent to keep the weeds of sin out of my life by relying on God.