Soft Heart

Good Lessons From The Flower Garden: Sin

Last week I mentioned that I had a new and completely healthy looking flower in the flower garden up and die for no apparent reason. We then looked at the fact that sometimes things in life happen that we cannot always explain.

Life is a blessing without a doubt, but with an earthly life comes many curves with the same sign at the end. God’s word teaches us to trust in His will and understanding over our own (Romans 8:28). As I said last week, that is not all that I have learned from taking care of the flower garden, so let’s quickly look at another spiritual lesson.

As I began to mess with the plants at the beginning of the season and get the garden ready for the new flowers, one of the things that had to be taken care of were the weeds. In the spring time it seems that the only thing that grows faster than the flowers and grass are the weeds!

Some may not know it, but weeds are much more than an eyesore; they are bad for the health of the flowers. They steal the nutrients, fertilizer and water from the soil that should be going to the flowers. Weeds literally pull the life from the soil and rob from the potential the flowers have.

Well, you do not leave something in there like that when you are trying to care for the plants so they can bloom and be healthy – you pull out the weeds! As you know, some weeds have shallow roots and some have tap-roots that go several inches into the ground…at least you’ll learn this if you ever start weeding a flower garden. As I began to pull up some of the weeds the hard soil made it easy for part of the root to break off in the ground – that’s not good. If you leave part of the root, it can grow right back in the spot you plucked it from.

What’s the solution to such a problem? Make the soil softer! If you pull on the weeds after a good rain or a little while after you water the garden, the weeds (roots and all) are much easier to pull out. There’s definitely a spiritual lesson in there.

If we allow our hearts to stay hardened as we read, study and listen to God’s inspired word (and as people attempt to help us grow spiritually) we will never get the root of sin completely out. Just as hard soil gives the root of a weed something to hold on to, so it is with sin. Our hearts must be soft to allow God to remove the sin from our lives. The book of Hebrews urgently reminds us to not allow our hearts to be hardened and to learn from the experience of the children of Israel (Hebrews 3:8, 15; 4:7).

While we may never have a completely “weed free garden,” we are responsible for what is growing there and we must remember that weeds can be deceptive with flowers of their own. If it starts as a weed, it will end as a weed! Sin in its deceptive way, robs us of our blessings, our enjoyment and our spiritual awareness, potential and care for God and His word out of our life.

We must allow our heart to be softened by God’s word and let Him pull out the sin and replace it with the roots of faith in Jesus Christ. EA

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” (Colossians 2:6-10)