Although my youngest son loves to pick the pretty yellow flowers, I’m destined to crawl around on my hands and knees trying to get to the roots and make sure they never show their mocking faces in my garden or yard again. Whether I use a hoe or a hand spade, I am on a mission to get rid of the weeds before they take over. Week after week, I wage war. (And don’t get me started on the insidious bind weed that strangles and drags down previously healthy plants.)
What about in my life? Do I have weeds? Those activities that compete for my time and energy and space? Emotions that wrap me up in a tangle of bitterness and resentment? Attitudes of materialism or envy that crop up only to mock my peace?
And am I as diligent in weeding out (pardon the pun) my life as I am my yard? Do I dig deep to expose the roots? Or do I relax my vigilance and let them creep back in?
As the Psalmist wrote, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24 NKJV)
(Update 2011: For more lessons about life from the garden, see also Devotions from the Garden: Inspiration for Life.)
What about you? Are there weeds in your life? How do you identify them? And how do you get rid of them?