Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Our bike ride takes us past ranches and farmland. The farmers have been out plowing the fields, preparing them for the crops they hope to grow. However, we have had such a severe drought here it is hard to imagine how anything will grow. The soil looks rich and dark - ready to accept the little seeds that contain the potential for life, but the farmers say that if we don't get rain there is little point in putting those seeds into the ground. So the land waits...
There are no beneficial plants growing in those fields, but I noticed today that the weeds are flourishing. They don't seem bothered by the lack of rain. They are ready to take over the whole area.
It got me thinking about my life - my heart to be more specific. I imagined the weeds as those besetting sins, those pesky "little" sins that so easily trip me up and take up residence in my heart. Those selfish thoughts that come so quickly, the ungodly thoughts, the pride, the over-eating, the mismanagement of my time.... They seem to grow with no effort at all on my part. All they need is the right soil and up they pop.
On the other hand, if I want my heart to be filled with the things that the Lord has for me it will take some effort. They will not just automatically grow. I believe the Lord gently places the seeds in my heart and then it is my part to water them with time spent in prayer and in the word; time spent drawing close to Him so they will flourish and grow. I must allow the gentle wind of the Spirit to come and bring with it life-giving nourishment. I must also be diligent to keep after those "weeds" that want to choke the life out of the good things growing there.
When I do those things, I will find a beautiful bouquet of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22,23) flourishing in my heart.