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