When my family and I first moved to Redding, California we purchased a house on 2 acres of land on Palo Verde Lane. Our kids were quite young when we moved to this property and after multiple years of growing and playing on the two acres their greatest memories were established there.
The back half of the property was a fenced area designed for a horse. So like any good Dad would do, I bought a horse for our kids. I was excited for the kids and I was equally excited and anticipated the horse would chew down the tall weeds in the fenced in area.
What I didn’t know was the horse was old and very lazy. This horse not only did not eat the weeds, I had to supply the horse with daily helpings of hay, which became quite expensive.
So of course, I had to begin the process of whacking down the weeds, so I bought a weed whacker. It was then I fully understood the tedious task of “weed whacking”. I discovered a few things.
Weed Whacking is…
#1 messy with weeds and pollen flying everywhere.
#2 a lot of work because the string on my new weed whacker kept breaking.
#3 expensive, because my weed whacker kept breaking down and I kept running out of gas.
#4 sweaty work because the weeds only grow in the heat of the summer.
#5 really frustrating. While it looked nice when I completed the ordeal of weed whacking, within days it was back to looking ugly.
My discovery in the spirit
#1 When we “weed whack” our lives, it’s a lot of sweaty work, it can be expensive, it can be real messy and very frustrating to look good on the outside. The saddest part is, the weeds always grow back.
#2 “Weed Whacking” makes you real tired.
#3 We no longer have to perform, because God’s performance is enough. God will “pull” the weeds out and refill the hole with His love.
#4 We don’t have to shine on the outside any more, because Jesus said you are the light of the world (see Matthew 5:14). The difference is, you use to think you had to shine on the outside verses now, you shine on the inside because of Jesus.
#5 But here is the amazing part. As you remember who you are to God and you shine as the light of the world, you will begin to shine on the outside just like you are on the inside.
This is called, living lighter today!
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows (pulled the weeds), yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed (filled the holes with His love). (Is. 53:4-5) (Italics are my own.)
Question of the day:
What areas of your life do you need God to pull the weeds versus you weed whacking them? Share with me the journey; I would love to hear from you.