Weeds. In my front yard. Growing bigger each day. And I know, if I don’t get my happy self out there this weekend, before they take over, they are going to, well….take over. And if left untamed, spread to other parts of the yard and flower beds.
It’s not a hard jump to link this image to areas of our life. There are areas of my life that have big ugly weeds. Insecurity, jealousy, pride, are all ‘weeds’ in my life. Some are tougher than others, but they still rear their ugly head in moments of weakness, those times when I take my eyes off Him for just one second. Sigh. It reminds me of Paul’s writing in Romans 7, verse 15: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” I can relate, Paul.
Some of my weeds (sins) are visible, and some a little easier to conceal. But whether or not others can see them (and more than likely they can), they are there. And God sees them. Every one of them. And, just like the ones in my yard, if I don’t submit them to the Lord, repent and make active choices to get rid of them, they will invade the rest of my life. I think Satan’s easiest tactic to cause us to stumble is to tempt us to justify our sin. A slippery slope, for certain…We rationalize that our choices aren’t ‘that bad’ or that what we do isn’t ‘as bad as ________’ (fill in the blank of your own choice).
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” -Proverbs 3:7-8
Lord God, come meet us here. Help us, Father to SEE the weeds in our lives, and give us the courage to pull them. And more importantly Father, once they are gone, we ask you to fill those blank areas with Living Water. Heal and restore the broken places that we might be whole.