Thursday, April 15, 2021

Wildflower and Weeds, by Suzanna Swenson

Recently, I listened to a teacher share a message about the parable of the sower that struck a chord within my heart. She warned that we not be like the seed that sprouted but was then choked out by weeds - the distractions and worries of this world. Added to these thoughts mulling in my mind, I was reflecting again on Jeremiah 24:7: "I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD. They will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with all their heart."

When I look up from reading my Bible, I can see out onto a yard that is now overflowing with henbit. This time of year when henbit and dandelions grow up in profusions brings me much joy as I look out onto the waves of purple and yellow of spring. Most of the time I consider them "wildflowers" because they are desired where they are in my yard. Still, I remove these "weeds" immediately and completely if they venture into my garden. The difference between "weed" and "wildflower" is this: are they intended for that space? Or are they crowding out the plants that are meant for that place and keeping them from thriving?

So I ponder: what needs to be weeded in my life, spiritually speaking? What, even if it might be a beautiful, good thing in another context, has become a weed invading my life? Are there things keeping me from seeking after God with all my heart?

I want these things identified and ruthlessly removed. Because I do not want to be someone whose love for God is choked out by the worries of this life. I want to always seek Him and return to Him with all my heart.