Springtime. Flowers. Warm days. Sunshine late into the evening. Weeds. Yep, you saw that correctly—weeds. There are so many things to love about spring, weeds, however, is not one.
As soon as they turn on our pressurized irrigation, we start watering. From what I understand, that water is only filtered for the big stuff, the little weed seeds are not filtered out. So now when we water, we are sprinkling weed seeds into our flower beds and lawns. It’s nice to have the pressurized irrigation, convenient, and cheap. It’s not nice to have the weeds.
We got a bit of a late start working on the yard because of two trips to California with Easter in between, so, we’ve been on a mission to get the front and back yards over their winter doldrums. We’ve mowed, edged, fertilized, picked up trash that April blew in, planted new flowers, trimmed the rose bush, and pulled weeks. Lots and lots of weeds have sprouted, including those awful thistles.
We normally pull the weeds when they are first starting to sprout. The roots aren’t deep or strong yet and the chore is easy. But with the delay the weeds, especially the thistles were almost a foot tall. They had strong roots, and very large thorns. Even my gardening gloves were not good protection from getting pricked.
As I worked in the backyard yesterday, pulling the thistles, I was reminded of how quickly weeds of sin can also take root in our soul. It is so much easier to get to them before they have a chance to sink their roots down deep into us.
Romans 6:12: “Do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.”