We’ve been growing a lovely patch of weeds in our garden this year. No effort was required to cultivate this abundant harvest. A simple lack of vigilance allowed these unwelcome intruders to take over our plot of string bean plants, until we couldn’t tell which were the vegetable plants and which were the weeds.
So on a sunny Saturday, armed with my worn gardening gloves, I got down on my knees in the grass to investigate. Brushing the leafy tops aside, I could identify the imposters by their thin, rough stems, contrasting with the smooth green stems of the string bean plants. One section at a time, down the row, I searched out the counterfeits and swiftly removed them, yanking them out by the roots. Soon there were several piles of discarded weeds next to me on the grass, and I could finally see the string beans that had been hidden from view, some of them ready for picking! That night I enjoyed fresh string beans for dinner, the sweet fruit of my labor.
It’s easy to allow weeds to grow up unnoticed in my heart. They start small – a seed of bitterness, a sprout of anger, a shoot of resentment, or a patch of unforgiveness. Sometimes I even feed my weeds, by indulging in self-pity or nursing a grudge. If not dealt with promptly, they continue to grow wild until they take over any other fruit that I’m trying to cultivate.
But if I’m willing to humble myself and allow the Holy Spirit to search out these intruders, the unpleasant task of uprooting can begin. It’s not easy. I get dirt under my fingernails. I encounter worms and grubs in the process. Some of the roots are deep and stubborn. But our heavenly Father is a patient Gardener, and He helps me.
Let the Father reveal the roots of bitterness, pride, fear, shame, rejection, anger, depression, and any other intruders in your heart that are not pleasing to Him, so they can be removed and the fruits of His Spirit can flourish in your garden… The “garden” of your heart, can have a FRESH START!
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139: 23-24