How do you feel about weeds in your garden?
I'm not too fond of it either, especially the pokey ones. For a couple years we were not able to tend our garden due to my wife's illness and death. Now that life is settling into a new routine I have been taking time this spring and summer to tend my garden. When you don't care for your garden for several years, a lot of weeds accumulate. The roots get stronger and it takes several hours and much effort to reclaim what had once been a viable garden. Weeding my garden reminded me of the curse that came upon Adam due to the fall.
"Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the plants of the field;
19 By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.”
The curse is not that enjoyable. And it seems weeds spread so easily. At first I was leaving a pile of weeds at the corner of the garden. But within days those darn weeds sprung right back to life. Just a little soil, just a little hold upon the earth and bam they are back to causing trouble and chocking out anything worth saving. God gave us dominion over the earth; To subdue it and bring it into order and to care for it. He planted the first garden Himself and placed Adam there. (Genesis 2:8-9). But after the fall, Adam and Eve had to pull their own weeds and find seeds and create their own garden. Imagine all that Adam and Eve had to learn when starting their own gardens. What soil works best? Where do I find seeds? What plants can I eat? What plants or "trees" should I stay away from? Oops too late - "the fall".
There is a lot of learning in gardening. And one thing I learned about weeds is that you need to burn them. Otherwise they will come back with a vengeance and contaminate the entire garden again. Unfortunately weeding is not a one and done activity. I have to continually weed my garden. It looks great after weeding, but wait a couple days and there they are, weeds. Weeds care only about themselves. They soak up water, block the sun and choke out the good plants that are full of promise for a fruitful harvest. We need to actively watch for and eliminate weeds on an ongoing basis.
As you can probably already understand, there are a lot of spiritual parallels to gardening. One of our pastors just preached about this on Sunday. Had I not been distracted by YouTube and Facebook, I would have had this done by then. Live and learn. It's important to do what God leads you to at the moment God gives the call.
With a lot of hard work my garden is looking pretty good.
I'll try to post some more recent pics soon.
What have you learned about gardening or even yourself as you garden?
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