I’m not much of a gardener but I do enjoy the beauty of flowers and shrubs. When we lived in Africa I puttered around in the garden but its virtually impossible to kill plants and flowers there because of the prolific growth. You can throw a seed out of the window and the next day you’ve got a beanstalk!! On our return to Scotland we bought a house with a huge garden but because of time constraints we never did anything with it. Keep it simple with low maintenance was our modus operandi. I did however build up a collection of pots which I fill with bedding plants around May every year. I can then enjoy a bit of colour and not get the feeling I’m looking out at a football pitch!
My husband takes great delight in our large, flowerless expanse of grass. He owns a petrol mower which not only cuts the grass but can also make a stripey pattern. His routine after grass cutting has never changed throughout the 30 years we have lived in our house. He walks out on to our balcony and surveys his beautiful patterned lawn. He reckons helicopters fly low just to see this wonderful sight! I never know whether he is referring to the lawn or him standing in his bright blue industrial jacket and trousers with his mug of coffee in his hand and a satisfied look on his face.
We have a narrow edging down our fence where I have planted a few sturdy shrubs. I know they are sturdy because they have survived our battering west winds and me! The downside to this is weeds! Yes, our weeds fight for life regardless of the potent weedkillers I blitz them with. I have weeds that will infiltrate their way through concrete, bricks and patio slabs. Weeds are insidious and the best way to deal with them is not to allow them to take root.
Disabling and toxic thoughts are like weeds and will stop us from moving forward. If we water these thoughts by allowing them space in our mind they will choke the life out of us. Fear, doubts, anxiety, heaviness, insecurity and the like are not from God who is the giver of life and peace. To win the battle in your mind you have to blitz these thoughts with the word of God. Renew and change your mind. Romans 12:1-2. Reboot your hard drive!
Be deliberate in your quest to oust out the weeds and don’t dwell on your past. Its gone, you cant change it but today offers a new fresh beginning. Grasp it with both hands and rather water the seed of God’s word in you by focussing on it. Get the word rooted in your heart, keep it before your eyes and speak it out over your life.
Life is so daily and we all have weeds that need dealt with but be encouraged, our change Master Jesus is in this with us.