Hard at work
we made it look
as if that’s all
it really took
One day of labor
one day of sweat
and oh how quickly
these little things
that creep and grow
up through our mulch
did we not know-
that when we do not
tend our weeds
and when His word
we do not heed
how much harder
must we work
to clear up all these
weeds that took
and what else might
we see is found
as we pull roots
below the ground?
So, we didn’t really keep up the layer of chocolate mulch in our backyard… completely shocking, I know… We were so proud, thinking we had finally taken responsibility for something long overlooked. And then it seemed like overnight, the little green patches of pesky weeds started creeping in…
I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
Which leads me to take stock in other “weeds” that have not been tended to… what else is being neglected and allowed to fester in my life? One day of neglect, then two… it is so easy to get out of a routine of doing our chores, and when I do, it makes me feel out of control. When my house is a mess, I feel like I am a mess, too… but what about other important things in life- like our relationships with our spouses, our friends… what about making time for prayer, and reading the Word?
Nothing in life is easy… it takes work! Hard work! And consistency. The same is true with our relationship with Christ. He is the one who shows me what needs tending in my “garden” and gives me instruction on how to prune it. The more time I spend with Him, the easier it is to notice the weeds that are cropping up. Jealousy, envy, pride, bitterness… these are just a few things that can grow deep roots quickly. Lord knows, I sure don’t want my heart to look like our poor back yard!
Speaking of the backyard– Babe (what I affectionately call my hubby)– we got some work to do!!!
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
Lord, help me to clear the weeds so that I can clearly see the path.
Help me to hear Your voice, heed Your Word, and help me to rely on You- my Master Gardener-
every moment of every day.