Sunday, February 1, 2009

David's Digest: The War of the Weeds

From the moment we got out here, there have been some things that have been ever present, and all around us; and for those of you who have dealt with the soil at all, you understand. Those things are weeds, and they are everywhere.

Here are some things I've discovered about them:

They grow without planting. They are just there.

They grow back when you cut them down, especially if you don't pull out by the root.

They grow in whatever soil, around anything in their way, and through it if possible.

They can often be attractive. Notice here the pretty flowers:





Or the field of green:




They grow even when it doesn't rain. Here is a picture of one of our garden beds after we were unable to water it. Notice what is green and living:




They grow even where they shouldn't be able to grow, as this little one was in our root cellar:




It seems that there is no way to get rid of them entirely, and I believe this to be generally true based on the curse (Gen 3:17-19). And it seems like all there is to do is try to control them, and in my opinion, this means WAR. They must be cut, hacked, pulled, chopped, and sometimes even burned in order to get the better of them. Everything must be done to keep them down, and this is a constant struggle, one that I believe won't end until the Lord returns.

If they are not removed, they reproduce themselves exponentially. One cocklebur plant will reproduce itself many times, as this picture shows:




Other have even more seeds:




We have also discovered that in the planting of "good" seeds (oats, for example), and if they are able to germinate and grow, these new plants will suppress the weeds, keeping them more at bay, and choking them out.

The point is that they need to be combated constantly in order to maintain a footing against them. Otherwise, they take over.


Now here is the important part in all of this. It is our prayer the Lord teach us His ways and His spiritual lessons from the temporal world around us. In watching and pondering weeds, by God's graces it seemed to me that there is a similarity between them and something in the spiritual realm. And so given the above observations about weeds and the actions necessary against them, we pray, with the granting of the Father, the power in the blood of Christ, and with the indwelling help of the Holy Spirit, that God gives us the desire and strength to wage the battle daily against the weeds of sin in the carnal-man fields of our souls.

Rom 8:13 - "For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live."

Col 3:5-6 - "5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:"

For more on mortification, please read this.

With God's help, we need to give constant attention to our souls, and not only work on mortifying our flesh, but filling ourselves with God's Word, so that He, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Good Seed, is the predominant Life that is growing within us.

-- David

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"...and not only work on mortifying our flesh, but filling ourselves with God's Word,..."

Thank you for this post, David. Oh how I've noticed that if I slip away from consistant reading of the Word; the weeds of my carnal fleshly habits/desires take up my time and space much like quackgrass invading the edges of all my gardens.

But if I can feed my soul with Gods Word every morning, the weeds of life don't encroach as easily and my focus stays cleaner/purer.

Praise God for His Word and the gardens he has us work for their life lessons/provisions.

Beth

David and Susan Sifford said...

Amen, Beth!

-- David

Humble wife said...

Wonderful Post!

btw- my mother collected cockleburrs and she would boil them to make a tea for diarrhea and stomach problems. It worked immediately even though it was bitter.(I wish I could find some here in NM but so far no such luck).

Jennifer