Walking and Weeding

Suggested Reading: Mark 4:1-20

My 5-year-old busily pulled every weed he could grasp with his gloved little fingers.  I could see the wheels turning as he worked.

“Mommy - I don’t think God made weeds, so, I wonder how they got here.”

I love the thought process.  Weeds = Bad.  Therefore, God couldn’t possibly have created them!

Putting down my spade, I looked up and replied, “But sweetheart, God DID make the weeds.”

“He did? Why?”

“God made the weeds when Adam and Eve disobeyed Him in the Garden of Eden.  It was part of their punishment.”

“You mean, when they ate the fruit?”

“Yes, little one…when they ate the fruit.”

“…cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.  It will produce thorns and thistles for you…”  - Genesis 3:17-18

Thorns and thistles.  (Thanks a lot, Eve!)

Each pokey weed pulled offers a brief, yet painful, reminder of that decision birthed at the beginning of time: the moment when  Eve (and subsequently, Adam) made the choice to disobey their maker and eat the forbidden fruit.  How could she understand the full gravity of her decision?  How could she understand the pain set before them?  How could she understand?

Adam and Eve used to walk with Him in the garden.

HIM!

The Alpha and the Omega – the beginning and the end.  The Creator of all things.  The one who breathed life into their very bodies.

HIM!

Unlike Adam and Eve who experienced severe separation in those years that followed their choice, I have constant access to the Father, through the death and resurrection of his Son, Christ Jesus. When I received His forgiveness and trusted Him with my life, I invited Him to reside in the very core of my being…my heart.

It may not be the physical Garden of Eden, but God is walking in my heart.  He is walking with me.

We walk and I hear His whispers of affirmation; his whispers of help; His whispers of truth; and His whispers of “You are mine, and intensely loved.”  What could be more precious?

And while sometimes, I can tackle a small weed here or there, more often than not, it is Him I see bending down to excavate the nastiest of the nasty.   You know the weeds I’m talking about…the kind that are impossible to pull because the thorns are so sharp and the roots run so deep.

That kind of garden stroll is good for the soul. 

God wants to plant a good seed of truth in your heart today.  Will you begin the process of weeding and cultivating the soil to find out what beautiful surprise waits in store for you?  It’s worth it!

Let’s Pray:

Heavenly Father, my garden needs a little extra attention from you today.  I’m in need of weeding, watering, nurturing, feeding, and protection.  Specifically, I need your touch in ________.  I pray that my heart will bear much fruit – the good kind which honors you and encourages others.  Thank you for walking – and weeding – with me in this garden which you call “home.”  Amen

Taking it Deeper:

What condition is your heart garden today?  Is the soil rocky and shallow?  Or is it full of thorns?  Neither offer good growing conditions for the seeds God wants to plant and cultivate in your heart.  

The next time you are at a garden store, pick up a packet of seeds.  When you get home, open them.  Each one has a beautiful destiny that awaits, but you will only see it once you plant the seed, water it, and expose it to light.  

What kind of seed do you hope God wants to plant in your heart?  Ask Him for it today, and receive his promise. Then, try to identify what might stunt its growth and start the weeding process…with Him.

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12 responses to “Walking and Weeding

  1. I’ve got a lot of yard work ahead of me this week, so I’ll be thinking about this as I pull and dig!

    As far as His promises? You are mine… and He delights in us – could there be anything better??
    Thanks, Jeannette!

    • jeannetteduwe

      Oh to be certain, INDEED! He delights in us – IN SPITE OF the mess I’ve made in the garden. Pruning sheers anyone?
      Thanks for stopping in!

  2. LOVE this! I have written a gardening-themed Bible study on cultivating peace that includes an entire section on the importance of getting the weeds out of our gardens with God’s help. You have a great illustration! Thank you :0)

    • jeannetteduwe

      Stephanie, I bet it’s a great study! There are so many wonderful parallels in the scriptures having to do with gardening, agriculture, etc. Always struck by the fall AND redemption of man happening in a garden. He wastes nothing! Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Have a wonderful day!

  3. I deplore gardening because it’s never done. There’s always more to do. So I often give up and turn the other way, letting it get even further out of hand. How good of God to never abandon the effort of cultivating our characters into His likeness. So glad I finally caught my breath long enough to let these words soak in.

    • jeannetteduwe

      Funny…that’s how I feel about house keeping! ;-)
      I share your sentiments – so grateful that the Lord perseveres when I cannot.

  4. joepote01

    I love the gardening metaphor. Isn’t it amazing how much we can learn while on our knees pulling weeds?

    You might also enjoy my recent post about gardening with my youngest child: http://josephjpote.com/2012/05/tending-corn-and-boys/

    Thanks & God bless!

  5. Beautiful teaching moments offered in the garden. I love that you embraced it. Your son grew in wisdom as you pulled weeds. Sometimes we do the same with the weeds growing within.

    • jeannetteduwe

      Thank you so much. So many moments slip through our fingers, ungrasped. When we can catch them, amazing things happen! And yes, wisdom comes with each weed removed from the garden of our hearts!

  6. I have the very same conversation with my kiddos! What a beautiful picture you created following the conversation though! Thank you for sharing! :) Stoppin by from FFF :) http://www.simplyhelpinghim.com

    • jeannetteduwe

      So glad you stopped by! I love that God gave us children so we could understand him better! They make us think about things that we sometimes might not otherwise give a second thought to. Blessings!

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