Tending God’s Garden

Summertime has always been such a wonderful time of year to point the kids to God. Just being surrounded and immersed in His creation, you can’t help but feel loved, by Him while at the same time be in complete awe of Him and all He has made. I love using the trees, the sky, flowers, animals, birds, etc. to point the kids back to their creator. There is one part of nature, however, that serves as an excellent reference to sin… WEEDS!

Now I know everything God created can be used for good. But for the purpose of using weeds as a teaching tool, they work perfectly. Just like sin, they grow when fed. But often, they grow even more when ignored. Just like sin, they often look pretty at first, but when you get real close and touch them, they will prick your hand. Have you ever seen a field of dandelions? It’s actually quite beautiful… but if you try running through a field of dandelions with no shoes on, it will be painful! Not only that, but once the dandelion seed is spread, it becomes a very ugly bunch of tall stems… and of course, but then, the damage is done. We have also all seen the remnants of a weed infested garden. What beauty used to be there gets choked out and it’s often impossible to see that beauty anymore.

When picking weeds, I always tell my kids, “You have to get it by the root or it will come back!” And isn’t that the truth for sin as well? If we don’t get to the root of the sin and make sure we have completely rid ourselves of it, it will come back… sometimes worse than it was before. Matthew 5:29-30 is one of those hard verses to digest. “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” This is saying that just like a weed, we need to get to the root of our sin or it will keep coming back. We are redeemed through our heavenly Father, but that doesn’t mean we can keep doing whatever sinful things we want. In John 8:11 after Jesus had saved the adulterous woman from being stoned to death, His last words to her were, “Go now and sin no more.” Yes we have a savior. Yes, we have been forgiven, but we are still expected to tend His garden because if sin takes over, it will choke out God’s beauty within us.

What do you do to prevent weeds from growing in your garden?

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