Peace family, I’ve mentioned before how the winter is a great time for getting things in the garden ready for spring.
With such lovely, warm weather yesterday, I decided to do some maintenance, namely, weeding grass out of the flower bed. As you can see from the photo above, after about two years of neglect, I’ve got a lot of work cut out for me! I have an amaryllis, and some daffodil and hyacinth bulbs beginning to sprout up, but they are almost completely covered with grass and roots, so it’s a painstaking process of trying to remove the grass without knowing exactly where the tender young shoots of my flowers are. Only once I make the boundary lines clean again and have all the grass cleared out, will I feel good about putting mulch down to help protect my flowers and keep them healthy.
As I worked, it occurred to me how much easier this work would be if I have just maintained the flower bed as it needed it. Taking a little time here and there to pull up weeds as they came would have made this much easier than doing several years’ worth of recovery work! It got me to thinking, “What ‘weeds’ might I have growing in my life that need to be pulled up?”
I didn’t really notice when the grass crept into the flower bed. It didn’t happen all at once. Sin and bad habits are a lot like that too, usually taking over a little at a time. Let’s both take a little time today to examine our lives and think about things we need to submit to God. Pray and ask him to show you, maybe even ask a trusted friend, and when God does show you the attitudes, believes, and habits in your life that need changes, change them! Like the Psalmist, let’s say “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” –Psalm 139:23-14 (ESV) With careful maintenance, the gardens of our lives will be a beautiful and fragrant offering to God, and a place of rest and refreshment for those around us.