They know, they just know where to grow, how to dupe you, and how to camouflage themselves among the perfectly respectable plants, they just know, and therefore, I’ve concluded weeds must have brains. –Dianne Benson, Dirt, 1994
Over the last few days, I’ve been getting my hands dirty uprooting some pretty pesky weeds from our garden. I had noticed them some weeks back, growing around our corn, strawberry and tomato plants, as well as our rosemary and mint shrubs, but always put off pulling them out. So when I was greeted by a carpet of weeds, I rolled up my sleeves and got busy. The weeds had thrived so that they were more than our actual crops!
As I crouched down and pulled out each weed, it made me think about how we all have gardens that need constant weeding. Our minds are fertile ground for things to grow, and unless we tend them with care, we are susceptible to allowing weeds of negativity to thrive. In my case, the weeds of fear, insecurity, anger, and selfishness are just a few of those I need to uproot on a regular basis. It is not easy, but necessary if I desire to live a life of joy, victory and peace.
Of course, some weeds can be quite pretty in themselves (such as the ones I made into a little tree at right). I had spotted a few in our vegetable garden, some with little blooms in them. But they were still weeds, no matter how deceivingly delightful to the eye they were, and so I yanked them out from the roots. Quite interestingly, the more I pulled out, I created a clearing around our crops so that it was easier to spot other weeds.
My resolution after typing up this weedy post is that I will visit the garden daily, and ensure the vegetable patches are weed-free so that the plants have space and sunshine to grow their rightful crops. To quote Luke 6:44, “Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes.” So let’s purposefully plant the right thoughts in our gardens — thoughts of wisdom, joy, hope, inspiration, and words that build up, not tear down.
That way, we can harvest the proper fruits of our labour.