Spring is a wonderful time of year with everything blooming and colorful. Our lawn was cut last week and the whole area was carpeted with a nice even green cover. However, within about three days all the dandelion seed stalks had popped up, those ugly brown stalks with white fluffy seed pods that blow everywhere. That really proves a spiritual truth. It is easier to grow weeds than grass. The grass grows, but the weed are always trying to push through and take over. To grow good grass one must treat the lawn with proper food and weed killers. I think it is fairly easy to see the spiritual parallel. The world, our own human fleshly desires, and the devil are always at hand trying to grow weeds in our lives. God created us and gave us life, but that life must be cared for and fed with godly truths to keep the weed out. Jesus said temptations are sure to come, and we certainly know that they do. The Apostle Peter taught us to resist the devil and he will flee from us. Our daily work is to feed the lawn of our lives so that it stays green and beautiful for our Lord.
Our front walk is made up of decorative cobblestones. They are fitted together in a fairly tight pattern, but, don’t you know!, the cracks in between are the very places that weeds find their way of growing. The walkway had gotten to look pretty bad, so yesterday was the day to do something about it. It took a good bit of time, and a lot of hands and knee work, but we now have a clean walkway. As I was doing it, I was reminded that this is a very similar process to what we have to do in our own lives. Paul tells us about the fruit of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. But I realize that, in many ways, and in many situations, these are characteristics which are not in me, but that God desires. The opposites are the weeds I’ve let grow in my life. God, the Holy Spirit, will work in me (and you) to change them, but I have to recognize the weeds, and allow Him to pull them up. Pulling weeds is not easy work, and it is not fast, but God is faithful and will accomplish His work in us.