Friday, June 22, 2012

Weeding Out the Garden

Galatians 6:1-3 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.  Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.  If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.

My neighbor came over, wanted me to come look at a plant in her yard.

She wanted to know what it was.  

Growing about a foot tall, it now sprouted little berries and a petite little flower.  


"Is it some kind of berry?" she asked. 

"No, I smiled. Berries have thorns and fuzzy stems with  thicker, pulpier leaves, more of  a vine.  I think this, well, I'm pretty sure, this is a WEED."

(Her hubby laughing in the background, "I told you so!")


Have you ever had that experience?  Something that you thought was so cool, looked so good, felt wonderful, you thought was sent from Heaven, only to find out it is a lie!  Oh, how the devil  loves this little trick.  Have you heard the expression, "growing like a weed?"

Yep, those things in our lives we over water, give too much attention to, have compulsive behaviors with, (we all our guilty), those things we set apart from God...

Someone comes along, points out the invasive behavior, the ugly among the beautiful.

"Yank it out! they say. Here, I'll help you".   

"Nah, I'll get to it later."

"Are you sure? You know it can soon take over and overwhelm the flowers in your garden, if you don't handle it now." 

Close friends, brothers and sisters in the Lord, recognize things in our lives when we can't or just don't want to believe it.  In LOVE, because we pray for one another, God allows us grace (because we've grown through His grace).  Grace to tend to the needs and sometimes the things not needed,  growing out of control. 

There is this great word in fellowship: ACCOUNTABILITY.  

Sometimes, it may take a few praying friends to gather a weed whacker of His WORD and a shovel of SERVICE  and spend quality time helping a friend till their soil for some fresh seeds of Godly perspective.  

Be careful. Don't call out someone's ugly weeds, when you've got your own disguised among your seemingly healthy planters, green lawn, and flower pots.  

I like that she asked.  She questioned. I did my best to speak TRUTH.  

That's all that the Lord requires. His Spirit works through my experience of all the weeding done in my life. And I'm quiet confidant because I am still mortal, those weeds will pop up again.  

Lord, I am forever grateful for the graceful gardeners that continue to nurture the seeds of promise in my life.  Continue to help me be a graceful nurturer to those needing to hear Your truth around me. Amen.  


  1. Law or grace, I try to choose grace. Glad you're there for me and thanks for the accountability reminder. Nice post!

  2. Well said, Coleene! I especially LOVE the prayer . . . so real and vulnerable. And Linda, I love the phrase "choose grace". I may just adopt that. We always have a choice.

  3. Neighbors, standing in the yard together, asking the question, "What is this thing?" I love the picture. It show us that together we can, as a community, help one another with love and good deeds. Grace flows as love to the believer and non-believer alike. Choosing grace is an act of love that gets noticed by all. Thanks for reminding us how, in a simple way, to love those around us.