Not a very attractive picture is it? This is what happens when your garden plants become choked by weeds. It bears rotten fruit.
Late this afternoon we got a much needed thunderstorm with heavy down pouring rain. Our temperatures today soared into the high nineties with a heat index of close to one hundred and eight degrees. It was hot!
After the rain began to subside I said to myself, "self, this would be a great time to get out into that vegetable garden you spend so much money and time on and pick out those darn weeds before they kill your harvest." Here's the problem with that. I usually can not do it. My rheumatoid arthritis makes it so hard and incredibly painful to pull weeds but my Mr is in no condition these days to do it either and it was either I try or watch our food go to waste and waste is something I can not stand..
So I do what I always do when I am attempting something I know I really should't. I prayed. I asked Jesus to please protect my body and give me His strength to pull those weeds before His garden is destroyed by them. With my trust in Him I put on a tank top, jeans, socks and my mud boots and headed out. The temperature had dropped twenty degrees, the humidity dropped for the moment, the sun wasn't out and there was a beautiful breeze. I grabbed my tools and my kneeling / sitting pad and headed into the garden.
As I was sitting on the pad getting my butt wet and my clothes muddy the weeds for the most part were coming out easy because the dirt was wet so made for somewhat easy removal. I began thinking of God and His word and he taught me something sitting there pulling those weeds.
Gods love and words are the fresh, ripe vegetables and beautiful plants. The weeds are the cruelty towards others (especially on social media) and sins we allow into our life. These weeds in our life if left unchecked, will grow up and choke the love and goodness of God inside us and we will be left with only rotten fruit inside of us and to give to others.
My friends, we must pull the weeds in our lives. We must discard anything that will lead to the weeds around us in this world from infecting us and choking our fruits so as to create in us every day a good and healthy harvest filled with the love of and desire for God.
Oh and by the way. The sun began to come out just as I had only a few more plants to weed. I barely broke a sweat, I wasn't in agonizing pain during the weeding or when I came in and my energy was not completely zapped out of me like it usually is. You see, God hears the prayers of His children and responds when we allow Him to work in our lives.