Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. Psalm 84:5

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Seeds and Weeds

Last week when I winked at you I was remembering the first people that
planted the seeds of God's word in my life.

This week..I'm remembering the weeds!

The warm sun on my back, the flowers blooming right before my eyes, the smell of the rich soil under my nose. Love, love, love getting my hands into the garden in spring! Don't get the wrong idea though-I am NOT a gardener. I am a gardener wanna be. Each year-I try. I dig. I plant. I water. I weed. Then...they all die.  Hanging baskets, potted plants, seeds, shrubs, annuals, doesn't matter the type-I kill them. I don't even know what I do wrong -so I can't even learn from my mistakes. But-I still-love, love, love getting my hands into the garden in spring!

And so, I have been enjoying this year's attempt at growing a green thumb a few days this week. The first item on the agenda...pulling out the weeds!!!

Have you ever stopped to consider the amazing amount of variety of weeds!!??? My garden is filled with them. Some are gigantic!!!! We have this one weed-it looks like a tree!!!! It has a really thick, strong trunk and branch like things and my son keeps chopping it down with his ax and that baby can grow back to 4 feet tall in a matter of days! Some are really tiny but there are millions of them! They are everywhere-taking over and their small size shouldn't make you doubt the damage they can do! Then, there are the tricky ones. The ones that look like real plants. I stare at the leaves, turn them over, feel them. Hmmmm...plant? or weed? Better leave that one for a while-until I know for sure. Some even have flowers! Weeds..with pretty flowers.

Bad stuff-with a decoration on top!

From seeds to weeds. That's my Wednesday wink.

Various people planted seeds in my life. God watered them-God made them grow. And as He did that I became more and more aware of the weeds in my life.

Some were gigantic!!!! Strong-hard to get rid of and as soon as I thought they were gone-they were back!

Some seemed so little. No big deal...but when I realized how easily they spread and how much damage they caused...I knew those weeds had to go!

Then, the tricky ones. The ones I liked to decorate on top! The weeds in my life that I thought I could hide-cover up-make them look pretty so I could keep them.

"O my God, I am too ashamed and disgraced to lift up my face to you, my God, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens." Ezra 9:6

Yes-God sent the people to plant the seeds...and He watered and grew those good seeds and as He called me to himself He showed me the weeds in my life-my sin. He showed me that no matter how hard I tried to grow a green thumb and take care of my own garden-I couldn't do it. Not without Him. He loved me-even while I was a sinner-living in my sin-running from Him.

Praise God I'm no more a track star than a gardener!!!!



  1. This is a good thought about the weeds! Funny that you are Not a gardener. We have so many weeds to watch for spiritually also...

  2. Hi Shannon, I saw your giveaway on From Snowflakes to Hotcakes blog and came over to say hello. Your jewelry, scarves, keychains and bookmarks are gorgeous. Your talent is remarkable and I love that your work is inspired by God!

    I so admire your mothering of 5 children and then fostering 2 more. What a blessing you are to your children.

    I enjoyed reading your blog post about "the weeds" in our gardens that must be pulled out! A great metaphor to clean out our spiritual gardens.