Gardening and the Weeds of Life

I love to garden! I enjoy listening to the sounds of nature, enjoying the solitude (no one ever bothers me when I’m out there), and getting my hands in that rich dirt! I appreciate seeing the tangible results as I plant, water, prune, and weed. And somehow I feel a connection with God.

Gardening is a perfect example of the spiritual law of sowing and reaping.

The Bible gives us examples of sowing and reaping.  Galatians 6:7 tells us “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” In a garden, when we plant a flower, we grow a flower. We do not grow a fruit tree.

In our personal lives, when we sow a negative attitude, we naturally attract others who are pessimistic. We also tend to be grumpy, sad, and depressed. On the other hand, when we choose to grow a positive outlook on life, we find ourselves connected with others who also see the silver lining.  Plus we are more cheery, happy, and joyful!

Years ago God taught me a life lesson about weeds and our sins.

There is a part of me that likes to hand-pull weeds. It is so satisfying when I work and work with a weed until I can pull out its entire root! You know those deep solid roots that shoot straight down through the earth? As well as the other ones that spread out so thinly, all messy and tangled up?  Such victory as I rip each one out and smooth out the place where it was at!

But did you know that our sins are like weeds?

Some sins/weeds grow deep. Some grow shallow. Some reproduce quite rapidly. And some spread out more slowly and steadily. But they all multiply over time unless we remove them in their entirety.

Sometimes we have to dig and dig from several different angles to overcome a troublesome weed.  And other times it is as simple as just noticing the ugly thing and giving it a little attention. You just yank it out quickly and you’re done.

So much of the time we just want to press the easy button, don’t we?

Just spray that small or large annoying weed and move on with our life. But God says no, no. We need to give some time and attention to it. So we can learn from it, remove it, and heal or replace it with something good.

Have you ever had a garden and didn’t take time to weed it on a regular basis?

In the beginning, you have to make just a little time to clean out the garden of all the pesky plants. But if you neglect it for too long, think to yourself “it’ll go away by itself” or “I’m too busy right now to pay attention to that” then you will have to spend a lot of time on it.

Sometimes weeds sneak up on us!

You look around and you don’t see anything wrong. And then one day you take notice. “Where did all of THAT come from?”  And so the work begins.

One way we can combat weeds/sin in our lives, is by planting an abundance of really good things!

Like going to church every week, having a quiet time, and doing a Bible study. We can spend our time doing constructive things like helping our neighbors, volunteering for a non-profit, heading up or assisting in a church ministry, or hosting a meal for family and friends.

You see, when we plant and nurture an abundance of healthy greenery, fruits, and flowers, plus control the weeds, we reap beauty, peace, and contentment. But when we nurture a lot of distractions and neglect proper care, we reap ugliness, distress, and unhappiness.

2 Corinthians 9:6 teaches us “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”

So what kind of life do you live or want to live? What can you do to remove those awful, pesky sins in your life as you realize them? How will you plant beauty in its place? Please share in the comments below so we can learn from each other.

Until next time, happy gardening!

 

Paula Smith

My name is Paula.  I love God, family, friends, and encouraging people. I enjoy helping others in the education world from my experience in my job and from when I homeschooled my kids. As a wife, Mom, soon to be Grandma, and the Education and Homeschool Web Merchandiser, I hope my blog articles are helpful to you as we live life together.

 

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