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Living with Weeds

Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time, I will tell the harvesters: First, collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.  Matthew 13:30 NIV

living with weedsSpring had sprung in our yard, and I found myself living with weeds.

From a distance, the front lawn appeared immaculate, but up close was another story. Crabgrass, Dallisgrass, and other uninvited plants took hold and basked in the sun, alongside our struggling Bermuda grass.

My master gardener husband reminded me that weeds are not bad in and of themselves. Unwelcome vegetation to one horticulturist may be preferred blossoms to another. Many of the stunning, flowering plants in butterfly gardens grow wild on prairies, uncultivated—unwanted by some but coveted by others.

I like to yank suckers off our yard’s wax myrtles, Ligustrum, crape myrtles, and flowering peach trees. These tiny spurts of greenery on the elegant wooden stalks pilfer the plants. They are not weeds but still steal sun, water, and nutrients from the beautiful, leafy upper growth. 

Life is crowded with weeds and our own life-sprouts that can pull us away from our heavenly Father. They appear as people, entertainment, tasks, and infinite lists. But God calls us to thrive among the weeds, not attach to them, because He will take them away one day.

I plan to pluck out the weeds that grow in my mind and heart and hand them over to the Master Gardener to be burned so I can worship and serve daily in His garden without limit. I hope you will too.

What weeds do you need to eliminate? 

(photo courtesy of pixabay.com.)

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Macy Johnson

Macy Johnson is a native Floridian living the lake-life in Georgia. She is an instrument of God’s blessings as a writer, church pianist, community accompanist, wife, mother, nana, Bridge player, adoptee, retired auditor, and member of Word Weavers International. Her “God Sightings” are published weekly in the Greensboro Herald-Journal. Find her at www.macymjohnson.com, macymjohnson@gmail.com, and on Facebook as Macy Martin Johnson.