We had a work day today at the church and had quite a few people show up! I love days like this because I get out of my normal work environment which is more mental and emotional and of course spiritual and get to use the physical.
I first started helping my wife with a paint job in one of our offices. I was thankful when someone else showed up who was a much better painter and was also one of my wife’s friends. I was rescued! Don’t get me wrong. I love my wife but hate painting!
So, I was assigned to the “weeds” crew out by the road that is adjacent to our property. It was a great day to be working outside! The weather was mild, not overly hot, and the company was excellent!
It is amazing to me how many weeds had developed. Apparently, the amount of rainfall this year has a great deal to do with it. I was still pretty surprised at how well they grew in the hard, rocky soil of the dessert!
Those little buggers are stubborn! And because of the rocky ground we had to use special hoes and shovels to dig ‘em out. My back is a little sore tonight, I have to be honest. But, we got the job done and most of those pesky suckers have gone on to weed heaven … or in other words, the trash pile.
Weeds grow easily and not just in the rocky soil. They can sprout up in our lives when we let down our guard for a moment. They can show themselves in minor resentments, little irritations, or even small inconveniences. And, they take very little effort on our part to grow.
However, the sooner we deal with them, the better, before their root systems go down deep in the “soil of our lives.” The only way to kill the weeds is to submit to the master farmer and allow him to deal with the source. We have to open our hearts to whatever He sees and be ready to deal with it; no matter how painful it is to pull it out of our hearts!
“Search me O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything that offends you and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalm 139:23-24