There Will Always Be Weeds

“When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:26‬ ‭

Weeds.

I hate them.

It’s not that they are particularly ugly. They have different kinds of foliage and produce flowers like any other plant. Many of them are actually quite pretty when flowering.

It’s just that they don’t belong. They compete with desirable plants for valuable nutrients and moisture. They mar the visual appeal of a tidy garden bed.

So out they must go.

A big part of any weed suppression strategy, whether in a perennial bed, veggie patch, market garden, or wheat field, is not only to prevent weeds from growing or spreading, not only to remove them when possible, but to keep the desirable plants healthy.

See, there will always be weeds. But a strong healthy vibrant crop will outcompete them, provide a canopy which chokes out their share of sunshine, and guzzle the water and nutrients that could feed their roots.

This year, between the heat and lack of rain, the crops and gardens around these parts aren’t at their best. In our travels, we’ve seen foxtail barley (a relatively short noxious weed) towering above struggling oats. (And oats should be at least 3-4 feet tall this time of year).

*sniff*

So too, in life.

If you feed and water your spiritual life, you will reap a wonderful harvest of generosity, kindness, patience, compassion. These characteristics will grow strong and vibrant when watered with truth from God’s word and fertilized with prayer.

But if you aren’t aware of the power of poor habits and the potential for distractions to creep in and steal your heart’s soil space, well – let me be the harbinger of doom. Weeds germinate easily. They take root quickly. They send up stems and leaves and flowers with gusto and before you know it, selfishness, bitterness, cynicism or ungracious attitudes have flourished, and can choke out all the good that you were carefully watering.

There will always be weeds…but those weeds will find it much easier to get a strong foothold in a neglected garden.

What can you do to ensure your harvest of righteousness isn’t choked out by less desirable attitude and thoughts and habits?

1. Invest in your heart garden.

Make maintaining your spiritual health a top priority. Take note of where you spend your time, money and resources, because your heart and mind will follow.

2. Plant good habits.

Feed on good things! Daily Bible reading and meditation, prayer, and quiet space will steady you and feed your spirit and give you spiritual food. Attend a church that teaches the truth regularly. Maintain relationships with friends who prod you in the right direction.

3. Watch for weeds.

Be aware of your own particular leanings toward your specific weaknesses. Keep a hoe handy as you inspect your territory and be ready to root out anything that will mar your crops or rob your harvest.

Jesus often taught about agricultural principles. It was a topic of interest and experience to those He spent time with. In this teaching recorded in Mark, there is an assumed enemy to our optimal growth.

Weeds.

As in the agricultural community, so in our hearts.

Take steps toward adequate weed control with me?

Father, it is a reality that there will always be factors that affect our personal spiritual growth. Help us to stay healthy enough to mitigate their effect on us. Give us eyes to notice when things creep in to steal our growth, and the resources to battle them effectively. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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