The Cancerous Weed and the Beautiful Lawn

Delana H. Stewart

Weeds covered our backyard — all kind of weeds!manicured lawn, lush lawn, green grass

We sprinkled a weed & feed product all over it one day, and about a week later one-third of the yard disappeared! Dead. Gone.

“Good,” I thought “now the grass can grow.”

But as I walked out into the yard, I noticed stubborn dandelions still there. We had even bought special dandelion-killer spray and treated them twice!

A closer inspection revealed that all throughout the yard there also remained another very stubborn weed that grew like cancer. Its long, thick roots had to be plied and pulled from the ground. Each root had coarse, woody branches that spread out like an acacia tree on the African savanna. The branches slowly suffocated the grass.

After pulling out all the stubborn remaining weeds, I sat down pondering the view. I wondered about its relation to the spiritual well-being of a believer’s life.

As followers of Jesus, we desire to have the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) evident in our lives  — kind of like the beauty of the grass on a well-maintained golf course. But how many weeds are we allowing to take root, spring up, and kill off the beautiful lawn Jesus is trying to cultivate in our lives?

grass, grasses, water grassA “sprinkling” of prayer and church attendance might kill off some of the weeds, but what about the stubborn, cancerous ones? The silent killers?

I believe that for those we have to stay in the Word daily and seek the Lord often!

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

Philippians 4:8 NKJV

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