Is it just me, or does yard work never end? Earlier, I dealt with the results of our February freeze. Next, I moved on to getting rid of the weeds in our yard. I’ve dug up dandelions, tackled dollar weed, and attacked the sprawling sticky whatever-it-is weed that spreads out all over the place. And then there was the thorn laden vine that wove itself through the azalea. Yeah, that was fun to remove. Not.
Why is it the plants died from the freeze, but the weeds flourished? Tis a puzzlement to be sure.
Getting rid of the weeds is an ongoing, tedious, labor intensive battle I don’t seem to ever win. However, as I worked at getting rid of the weeds in my yard, I thought about how much weeds and sin have in common.
- If I don’t get the whole root, the weed will just come right back.
- If we don’t dig out the root of sin, it will just pop right back.
- Some of the weeds sneaked in under the fence from the neighbor’s yard.
- If we aren’t careful, our neighbors’ sins can become our own.
- Getting rid of weeds is a lot easier if done when we first notice them.
- Getting rid of sin is the same thing.
- Those weeds I didn’t get rid of last year had time to grow and become tougher to remove.
- The sins we don’t deal with when we first notice them will be more difficult to remove the longer we allow them to remain.
- Weeds with shallow roots are easier to remove.
- Sins we haven’t allowed to get deep into our soul are easier to remove.
- All the weeds may not get removed in one day.
- Our sins may not get removed in one day.
- Pulling weeds and taking steps to keep them from returning is a lot of work. I’ll probably enlist help to complete the job.
- Getting rid of our sins is work. We need to enlist help from the Holy Spirit.
Got a garden full of weeds in your life? What steps are you taking to get rid of the weeds? Maybe, as with sin, the first step is admitting there are weeds in our garden, and determine to do something about them.
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“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.” Isaiah 43:25 (NLT)
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Great post, Sandy. I really enjoyed your comparisons of weeds to sins in our lives. I love when you state that we must get help from the Holy Spirit to battle our weeds. Come Holy Spirit!
Thanks, Alyce. We absolutely need the Holy Spirit’s help, right?