I think I’m the only woman who can grow weeds year-round. They seem to thrive in snow and freezing temperatures. However, they don’t bother me until spring arrives.
I have all kinds. Some weeds have pretty flowers. I have even tried transplanting the prettier ones, but they won’t grow where I want them. I find weeds, if not chopped, spread and overtake everything. “Leave them alone,” my husband urges. “We’ll spray them when they get bigger.”
“Yeah right.” Guess what? They do get bigger and tougher and harder to get rid of. The trunks grow thick and defy the lawn mower. It’s easier to attack these “wannabes” in a younger state.
Last spring I allowed this unusual leafed plant to remain in my flower bed. It grew profusely. By fall its height surpassed mine. I didn’t realize a weed could grow that tall, thinking all the time it must be an exotic flower. It bloomed all right and shed its seeds all over the place.
I find a similar parallel in my spiritual life. I must “spring” into action by planting good seeds. What I sow in the spring becomes my harvest in the fall. The enemy comes with all kinds of enticing scenes of beauty that results in ugliness.
I must guard against the “little foxes that spoil the vines.” (Song of Solomon 2:15) I have been called out of darkness into his glorious light. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
Jesus is my example.
The enemy’s target for destruction includes attacks on the mind. His undermining relentless tactics seem harmless. They are found on the Internet, in movies, TV, books and other media. The effects on children, homes and marriages are devastating. Before you know it these evil “weeds” have grown taller, tougher and are harder to eradicate.
Sin is not an island but a chain reaction. This puts a great responsibility on me.
I owe a debt not only to my husband, children, grandchildren, neighbors, but also to the world if I am trying to make it a better place. I have a long way to go and grow and I haven’t made it by any means. So I keep chopping “weeds.”
Our lives may be the only Bible others may read. If we want to influence others for the Lord we will exhibit a lifestyle dedicated to the pursuit of righteous living.
Philippians 4:8 helps to guard our hearts from “weeds” of sin: “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely. Whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
My desire is to seek the Lord, behold his beauty and to dwell in his temple all the days of my life. (Psalm 27:4)
As a child of the King, I pray my steadfast purpose includes the active determination to “weed out” those subtle, sabotaging sins that creep into my life.
Spring is for springing into action, declaring war on all kinds of “weeds,” in the natural and in the spiritual worlds.
Portales resident Joan Clayton is a retired teacher and published author. Her e-mail address is: