Every farmer has great expectations for the seed that they place into the ground at the beginning of each planting season. With corn, soybeans, tomatoes, or whatever you are growing there is a sense of what could be with each seed that is planted. There is often great care in picking out what it is that you are going to plant and where. It involves knowing what you want and then knowing what it looks like. You have to be able to identify what seed it is that you are planting before you plant it. The last thing you want to do is to plant tomatoes right in the middle of your corn field.
The good thing is, certain seeds are easy to identify. This helps us to know where to place each individual seed for it’s optimum growth and success. When this is done the proper way, you see long rows of corn, and bountiful tomato and pepper plants. You see fresh okra, cucumbers, squash and the like, all producing amazing produce that feeds you and your family.
There are, however, some seeds that look very much alike with vegetable seeds, yet they are really just weed seeds that made their way into your precious seed bag. You handled them with the same tender loving care as the ones that are going to be your best producers, but in the end, no matter how much water, sun, and fertilizer you give them, they are still a weed and they will ultimately destroy your garden.
The thing is, they will often pop up first, these weeds. they look all lush and green in the infancy stages as they take up the space of your plants. Yet, they are still just too young to differentiate. So you let them grow a little longer and then their true characteristics begin to show. The other vegetables are now blossoming and beginning to flower, but the weed is only growing taller and taller, spreading out its roots to the healthy plants. If you and I go too long, if we go on vacation and let them run wild, our garden will be taken over and you will have to do some serious cut backs to get rid of that cute little weed that looked so innocent when you planted it.
I write this and am reminded of the chapter in the Oola book about toxic friendships. They are hard to end, but even harder to keep. They are weeds that distract from you and your family. They do not produce any good fruit, and they only take nutrients from what you are trying to grow. You know who they are. You may be weeding some of them out of your garden right now, or you may be in a season of having to wait to pull them all at the same time.
This requires true grit either way...
I will leave you with my thought of the day…
“True Grit is when you get knocked down, spit on, kicked, and beat up; you look up and brush off the dirt and keep walking.” —Verick
So, how about you? Ever had to do a little weeding? Try next time to identify the seed through the power of the Holy Spirt and let Him give you wisdom so you can be “shrewd as a snake, innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16) “You will know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:16 But remember, He may call you to this instead of the easy route of “identify and pull”:
The Parable of the Weeds
24Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
28“ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
29“ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.30Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ” Matthew 13:24-29
By His Grace and For His Glory,