When I first started gardening, I didn’t have a lot of money for buying plants. I also didn’t know a whole lot about gardening.
So, one day, as I was planting flowers in the bed where I used to have lots of tulips, I spotted a whole patch of beautiful little plants. “Wow!” I thought. “Free plants!” (Of course, those of you who garden are laughing out loud with me right now. LOL! 😂)
So, I let them grow out of curiosity because I wanted to see what they were.
Turns out, they were violets, so they were quite beautiful in the spring, but they grow like weeds, and they take over.
A couple of springs later, I looked out at the red and yellow tulips that I had planted in the shape of a cross, and all of the quadrants that surrounded the tulip cross were a beautiful purple.
Unfortunately, the roots of violets get stuck in the ground, so that when you go to pull them, the plant breaks off, and the roots stay and grow a new plant. They also do a great job of not letting you pull the roots of other weeds, like grass. So, you try to pull the grass out of your flower bed, and the root breaks off under the violets’ roots. In addition to this, the violet produces LOTS of little tiny seeds, and once the pod pops open, oh boy, here we go again!
Imagine this multiplied over and over, and you will understand why I eventually decided that violets have no right to stay in my gardens!
Young people who are starting to garden, do yourselves a favor, and Google it! 😁 It’s much easier than dealing with the fallout of the weeds gone wild!
As I was pulling the many weeds in my garden the other day, I got to thinking how weeds could be compared to various sins.
We might be curious about that sin. It might look beautiful! We might say, “I think I’ll keep it around for a while. It’s beautiful. I like it.” But then, like the violets, it takes over your life, and it crowds out the good things and enables the growth of other bad things. You try to pull the weeds of your life, and it seems like an impossible task because the roots break off under the roots of the other sin.
(Yesterday I wrote about how Jesus took our sins on Himself and paid our penalty so we can be forgiven.)
As I was pulling weeds the other day, I asked my daughter to help me. Doing it with some help makes it seem less hopeless. I’ve been working on it for a few days now, and even with help, it’s still not done. I waited too long to plow, and the multitude of weeds have already produced seed pods, including the few violets that still manage to come up in my vegetable and flower gardens every year. So, I know better than just plowing them under. I’m trying to get all the most noxious ones pulled, and then I’ll plow everything else under.
When we get stuck in some sin, sometimes we may need to find someone trustworthy to come and help us with the weeding of our lives. We may need someone who knows the word of God better than we do to help us identify which sins are which weed and which parts of our life are actually fruitful plants that are being so crowded out and hidden by all the weeds that we are barely aware that they are there. The fruits are being eaten by bugs and birds before anyone can even enjoy them.
Most of all, we need to ask God to help us with weeding the garden of our life. And the longer we’ve let any sin have its way, the more we’ll need His help. Those things that we once loved but now are coming to hate will pop up at odd times and in odd places in our hearts, and we will need to ask God for help every time, very possibly for the rest of our lives.
So, young people, do yourselves a favor, and ask God for help INSTEAD of letting your curiosity over what God calls sin get the best of you. It’s much easier than dealing with the fallout of the journey gone wrong.
“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.” Psalm 119:9-11 NKJV