Have you ever taken the time to look at a weed? A weed is just a plant growing somewhere where you don’t want it, but it can be really beautiful.
In Scripture, the Lord compares your heart to a garden. Jeremiah 31:12 says, “Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all”. In one parable, Jesus says your heart is like soil; But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” - Matthew 13:23.
God is the master gardener; he knows what is planted in the right place and what isn’t. There are times in our lives when weeds have been sewn that God wants to rearrange or dig up. These weeds are so deeply intertwined into the core of who we are that tugging on them or pulling at them causes extreme pain.
This pain can cause you to back up, be in denial and not deal, but when you love the Lord and open your heart and give Him permission to come in you sign up for the digging.
What weeds in your life are you holding onto? The weeds of hurt, pain, frustration, irritation, spitefulness, feeling unloved, feeling unwanted, feeling like you’re not enough, etc. You must know that God’s digging is done in love and all He wants is what’s best for us.
Hebrews 12:6-12 states, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;”
Can the chastening be painful? Yes. It can feel like pulling the scab off a wound that’s never healed, then digging and scrapping all the dead stuff off to get rid of the infection that’s choking what’s good. At first, it’s just a little uncomfortable, but when you get to the bone (the heart of the problem) it can cause you to fall to your knees and cry uncle, I give.
But, once this is done, you start to heal, and you start to grow right in Christ. This new growth is the most amazing part. It’s liberating and so light and refreshing. You never realized how much all the weeds were choking you until you’ve begun the healing process. God changes your outlook (transformation of the mind - Romans 12:2) and he changes your heart (gives you a tender responsive heart - Ezekiel 36:26-27).
We all have a past, and things have happened to us to cause us to have weeds in our lives. 2 Corinthians 13:5-7 tells us to “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.” Let’s examine ourselves and any weeds that are within us that you are aware of, evaluate it and submit it unto the Lord, he can fix it. Even if you don’t submit it, when it’s time the Lord will have his way!
By reading and practicing the above scriptures…over time, I’ve been learning how to incorporate Christ into every area of my life.
Below are two books that God has inspired me to write. "The Flip Side" and "Blinded By Sight: The Heart Matters" both available now.
So… what’s this book about?
“The Flip Side” depicts the possible feelings and emotions of lesser-known Biblical characters as they navigated their lives in the shadows of the more popular characters in the Bible. While the Bible gives us snippets of their stories, we are usually left in the dark about their true motives, desires, and thoughts concerning the situations they are in. However, one certainty is that despite how little we know about these characters, they were often the catalysts to pivotal moments in the main characters’ lives.
So… what’s this book about?
Join me on a journey of self-discovery. “Blinded by Sight - The Heart Matters” is a compilation of short biblical devotions. These stories are not conclusive. They are depictions of how God is revealing my heart to me.
My prayer is, Lord, make it real for me, show me your heart, show me my heart, and give me the wisdom to change what hinders my relationship with you. I am learning that my perception is my biggest obstacle it affects my mind, what I think, and how I process my experiences. What I have experienced in my mind is expressed through my feelings and these experiences dictate my choices either consciously or subconsciously.
This devotional will allow you to explore and evaluate your past and present situations that have hindered you from seeing the heart of the matter. Simply put, look at the heart – it does matter. Your future depends on it!
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4