Spring is in the air! It’s the time of year when many people clean weeds out of their garden beds to make way for new plantings. Webster’s dictionary defines a weed as, “a plant that tends to grow where not wanted and prevents the growth of more desirable plants.” Weeds pop up anywhere, grow aggressively, reproduce quickly and thrive without any care. Already my front and back yards are quickly becoming overgrown with this unwelcome nuisance. If you’re not careful, weeds will dominate your garden and choke off desired plants. It’s the wise gardener who clears his garden of weeds before they overtake it.
Just as gardens have weeds, there are weeds in our lives that must be uprooted. Weeds come in many forms and varieties. Weeds of unforgiveness, lateness, procrastination, worry, fear and doubt stifle your growth. Toxic relationships and debilitating habits suffocate your joy. Then there’s the weeds of lying, low self-esteem, envy and jealousy and the list goes on… Weeds prevent you from getting ahead and hinder your spiritual growth and maturity. What weeds plague the garden of your life?
One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 43:19 that says, “Behold, I will do a new thing.” Even if your life is overgrown with weeds, it’s never too late to start the weeding process. God longs to introduce new things into your life. This necessitates letting go of the old relics of your past and your belief system to make room for the new. Ask the Holy Ghost to help you to toss out the old so God can replace it with His richest blessings. Serve coulda, shoulda and woulda their eviction notice. Then watch God replace doubt with hope and fear with courage. Love will take up residence where hatred once resided. Joy will replace bitterness to make room for the great things God has planned just for you.
Time is slipping by quickly. There’s no time to waste. God wants you to experience a new thing and rid you of the weeds that have taken up residence in your life. Church attendance, prayer, praise and worship, reading and studying God’s Word, and spending time in His presence are the tools to help you clean out the weeds in your life. Let the spring cleaning begin!
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson