Monday, June 23, 2008

Removing Sin at the Root!

I've notice that the sun goes down later here (in Texas) than it does in California. It sets around 9 pm in the summer months. I appreciate this because it makes my days feel a little longer and I'm able to accomplish more.

I wanted to make use of the last couple hours of sunlight. My husband left to attend a church meeting and I grabbed a trash can, headed for the front yard and pulled away at the weeds that were out of hand--I thought I would surprise him when he got back home.

In California the yard work was relatively easy in comparison to Texas and you'd think that after a year and a half of living here my husband and I would have adapted to how quickly the weeds grow--but we haven't.

I have to admit, I'm not crazy about yard work but it turned out to be relaxing evening. The sun was still out but it wasn't intense, my house is in a cul-de-sac so it's quiet and I started pulling up the small weeds first which came up in a snap (actual photo above). But the weeds that were bigger where harder to pull. Weeds slide out best if you pull them when the soil is wet. Getting the root up is crucial. If you find that the weeds are breaking off at the crown as you pull, get a garden tool of some sort under the weed, and pry and twist as you pull it up.

A flexible pair of waterproof gloves will keep your hands free from thorns, and it's good to have a nice sitting pad, too--I didn't have this tonight and I probably will be paying for it tomorrow when I can barely get out of bed because of all the bending I did. :-)

As I was bent down, I began to think about sin and how if we don't deal with sin swiftly it will eventually take over our life and consume us. Just like the weeds took root and quickly were out of hand, sin is a snare! If we desire to be pleasing to our God we must get to the root of the issue and deal with our sin. We must repent. Anyone who has been born of God will hate sin. "A man is not established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous cannot be moved" (Proverbs 12:3). Ladies, we should be rooted and grounded in love and righteousness as we walk uprightly before the Lord (Ephesians 3:17). And don't forget to read your bible daily and allow the Word of God to saturate your heart like water. Soak yourself in the Word of God and like a swift garden tool it will pry any sinful root out of your heart so that you will be useful for the master and ready for every good work (2 Timothy 2:21). John Bunyan writer and preacher who is best known for writing The Pilgrim's Progress said, “Either sin will keep you from the Word, or the Word will keep you from sin.” (actual photo above)

2 comments:

Matt Johnson said...

Love that post, Trish. You are an inspiration to many....keep it up, sister!
MJ

Fish with Trish said...

Thanks Matt for the encouragement!