Pulling at the Root for Beauty

Jennifer Merchant Blogs, Girls, Jennifer, NextGen, Parents

Spring arrives, the weather is warm, and we begin to live life outside again. At our house, one of the many tasks for preparing to enjoy our backyard is to weed our flowerbeds. Every year, while staring at the daunting chore of removing the overgrown brush amongst the budding plants, I am tempted to procrastinate. In my mind plays a streaming reel of images consumed with backaches, sweat, and the occasional cut. While not a pleasurable task, I eventually give-way to the mission of making our yard a desirable place.

Weeds act in a peculiar manner, growing right beside the healthy plants intended for enjoyment. They will grow in the same fertile soil, but eventually choke the vitality out of that which was intended for beauty. Leonardo DaVinci writes, “Even the richest soil, if left uncultivated will produce the rankest weeds.”

How are you caring for the spiritual soil in your life? What about in the life of your child? Do you ignore it, thinking that the weeds of sin are small; keeping to the lie that one can live a life in Christ, while allowing the lies of the enemy to slowly choke out the Truth of the Lord. Are you overwhelmed with the idea that “root removal” is too painful?

Hebrews 12:1b states, “…let us also lay aside every encumbrance and sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (NASB) Allow the gentle precision of your Heavenly Father to pull at the root of the weeds in your life. As parents, we stand guard over the spiritual well being of our children. As you recognize “weeds” in their lives, do not stand idly by and watch as their spiritual garden is choked out. Rather, speak directly and clearly to the sin in their lives. Training them up in the way they should walk with the Lord.

Fellow believer, take courage to run the race that is set before you, finding your strength through the power of the Holy Spirit. Know that God is faithful to equip you as you engage in the process of uprooting the brush to make way for God’s beauty to shine through your life.

-Jennifer