Monday, January 19, 2015

Weeding the garden. Again, continually.

Today’s thought to ponder: The weeds I need out of my life are… Fill in the blank.

Bottom line came to be: fretting, anxiety, worrying.

Seems it just can’t be permanently removed. It is quite tenacious.
I was going to say its roots go deep, but then I was reminded of the wild onion plant. We lived in a house in NC in which the yard was FULL of these plants. I did some research to see what could be done about them. They weren’t necessarily unsightly plants but they grew quickly! and gave an odd appearance.  And you definitely knew when I had mowed. They were quite pungent!
Through my research I learned that this plant does not really have deep roots but is quite invasive and difficult to be rid of. It reproduces from underground bulbs as well as from the seeds that are set from the blossoms making it quite prolific. They can take over an area quickly requiring great effort to remove them. You cannot just pull them up by the leaves- roots and all as there will still be clumps of bulbs below that will continue to produce more. If even one small bulblet is left in the soil and that soil is conducive to its requirements for growth, it WILL grow and multiply rapidly; again taking over the area. 
Either you dig and dig and dig for however long to rid the area of ALL the bulb clusters, (never really sure if you’ve found them all) or change the PH of the soil. They like an acidic environment. So, adding lime to the soil will make it inhospitable for the onion, but, you need to be careful about other plants such as rhododendrons or azaleas which are acid-loving plants. Oh, the conundrum. In life and gardening: weeding out the unwanted while maintaining the desirable. I grow tired of digging and pulling and can’t seem to maintain the proper (heart) soil PH, that darn plant just won’t go away! The onion, i.e. fretting, worrying, anxiety.
They drive away peace. Without peace within I cannot reflect peace without.

“First keep peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.”
Thomas a Kempis

 Only as I keep the fretting weeds at bay to maintain my peace am I able to reflect peace to others. True peace only comes from God. 
True peace is maintained as I direct my focus not on circumstances around me; 
but on Jesus, Jehovah My Savior.

He tells me by His Word: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
And I like the way The Message paraphrases it:
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

And Isaiah 26:3 assures me:
“You (God) will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.”

Fretting may continue to lurk beneath the surface like those small bulbets of onion.  But I am assured by the Promises of God that if I maintain my focus on Him the soil of my heart (the PH balance) will not be conducive to onion growth, - fretting.
HIS peace shall reign instead.
 Oh, Lord I need you! 

1 comment:

  1. Great illustration, great transparency, great practical advice... Thanks for the help!