So, did you recognize the reference to an old song in the title? If so, then congratulations! You’re as old as I am!
Question: How’s your mind garden? Does it need a little weeding?
In his book, As A Man Thinketh, James Allen compares a person’s mind to a garden. He writes,
“Mans mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind. Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts.”
This is such a great little book and I would recommend it to anyone. You can get your copy HERE. We should strive to weed our mind, but today I feel impressed to discuss the good side of weeds. …Huh?
- The serpent was cursed to crawl on his belly in the dust.
- Man was cursed to work by the sweat of his face.
- Woman was cursed with great pain in child-bearing.
- …and the ground…the very dirt of the earth itself was cursed with thorns and thistles (Genesis 3:17&18).
Here in Tennessee we’re talking briars, weeds. What are they good for?
- According to the passage above they are a curse.
- They choke out good plants.
- Some can be pretty to look at but good for nothing (there may be a message there for a later post).
- It takes something particular to kill them.
But are they simply for a curse? Are they completely bad? Do they have any redeeming qualities?
A few weeks ago I was blessed to be able to fill in for the Pastor at Huron Baptist Church. The message the Lord laid on my heart dealt with this passage. After the service, Bro. Wayne R. posed this question:
“Why do you think God cursed the earth with thorns and thistles? Was it just a curse for punishment?” Bro. Wayne said it may very well have been for our own good.
For our own good!!? How could weeds be for our own good?
Consider this: Because when things are going well, when the crops are growing strong with no threat of being choked out by the weeds, we don’t tend to call on God as much as we do when the weeds are encroaching, when the things of life are difficult, when our comfort is threatened, when our kids are at stake.
The weeds cause us to, not only call on God, but cry out to God. The weeds humble us. The weeds cause us to be more thankful for the good things. The weeds cause us, at times, to grow closer to God than we would have…without them.
Yes, the weeds are a curse, but don’t curse the weeds. They could be for our own good.
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