Dandilions! Every Year!
As every spring begins, there is a lot of yard work to go along with it. And with the long winter that has been hanging around, it is indeed a pleasure…even though every muscle in my body will be yelling at me tomorrow!
The goal this day: Remove the dandelions from the back patio. They grow in-between the division in the bricks every single year. The task seems so daunting. But, I will admit, the sea of yellow really is pretty!
Now yellow is one of my favorite colors, so the question runs through my mind every year. Do I really want to pull them? They really are just pretty little flowers. Ah, my reasoning really doesn’t hold up, so seeing the patio does become a priority. But there is not a year that is different. Every year.
I lean down to pull out the first one. That was easy enough. Oops, the green leaves seem to remain. Strange. And even more curious is that every year I go through the motions of pulling these things! One more try…just the yellow flower head!!
I decide that whether I like it or not, I am going to have to resort to the way in which I end up doing it every year. Pointed blade of one of my garden utensils…first dig deep to the right, then the left….then pull! Aha! The entire flower came out roots and all! I go for another one….great, two…super, three…I am on a roll! Four…ooops, what happened? The root was only removed in part.
At this point it hits me…every year….these pretty little flowers are…..weeds. Now I know to some they have value, but to me their value is nothing when they are coming up on my brick patio. They do not belong there. The battle continues…every year.
What does that sound like? It sounds a little like sin to me. Sin is “missing the mark” and the result of sin…sins…”the fruit”. That cute little flower was missing the mark, it was in the wrong place. These weeds would soon take over and cover my patio. Sin is so deceiving. It can appear pleasurable and beautiful and good. Then you see the root of it. The consequences overtake you, they are inevitable at some point.
The deception is the key. It can appear good, even beautiful. It is pleasurable for a moment…then…
Hebrews 8:12 is one of many scriptures that give us hope. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Do you have dandelions in your life? I sure do. I have to ask myself if I am pulling them by the root so that they have no more life? Or because they are “cute”, do I leave them there to simply overtake my life? The decision is mine…the decision is yours. Every year, every day.
The Father wants us to live our life abundantly. He has His “best” for us because He loves us. Once we discover that truly those dandelions aren’t the best for us…we can replace them with lovely day lilies…and it will happen every, single year.
IN CHRIST ALONE
*google image, NIV Bible*