Everything is natural, the birds are chirping, the bees are pollinating. The ground is fertile.
The bacteria in the ground, work symbiotically to break down organic material to bring the nutrients to the plant. It is a glorious eco-system.
Except one thing: WEEDS. Weeds will use up all the nutrients and water, so the good plants will become unproductive.
Some of us, get the honourable role to go out to the field and pull out the weeds. Even that sounds fun.
Small weeds are not a problem, but big weeds, well that's a different story.
Big weeds require lots of pulling, lots of work, and lots of sweat. Some weeds I can't even pull out, so I use a knife to cut them off. Some come out with tons of dirt around the roots, and will re-grow where I throw them. Sometimes the top of the weeds break off and the roots will re-grow, which is not nice either.
I soon learned that the key is to make sure that I pull them out enough to EXPOSE the roots.
If I can expose the roots, they will dry out and the weed will die rather easily.
As I was pulling these weeds, I got to thinking. Jesus, many times, used agriculture in his parables.
He used a natural situation to show a deeper truth.
He used the example of weeds. He said that weeds were similar to things in our lives that suck the life out of us. Weeds are like things that sap the nutrients, strength, fruitfulness, that we could have, and make our lives unproductive and frustrating.
Therefore, it is obvious that I need to deal with the weeds in my life. If I follow the parable logically, I need to EXPOSE the areas of my life are holding me back. Areas such as insecurity, fear, anger, unbelief, lack of love, and complacency.
How can I expose those things?
I have found that God wants to help me expose those things. When I spend time with Him, he will highlight an area of my life that, if it were to change, I would become more fruitful and productive.
I have found a few friends, whom I trust, that I can share those things with. The areas that God has highlighted for me to EXPOSE, I am able to share with them. I feel safe that they will encourage me to replace those negative things with good things.
I know if you commit to that same process, you will become more fruitful, confident, peaceful, and productive also!
Weeds are not your friend.