a whole mess of weeds

I always think of my sins when I weed.
They grow apace in the same way and are harder still to get rid of.

Helena Rutherfurd Ely, A Woman’s Hardy Garden, 1903


(one of many bucket loads of weeds / Julie Cook / 2020)

You should probably know that the state of Georgia can actually experience all
four seasons within a week’s time.
Sometimes that might simply be during the course of a weekend.

Our winters have become a cycle of one day of dreary wet, grey cold followed by
a day of bright warming sun…
this pattern persists for much of December, January, and February…
with a possible blizzard come March.

With that being said, peering out the window on those dreary wet chilly days,
I’ve sorely noticed how the wild onions have been taking over my flower beds.
Mild temperate wet is a perfectly fertile condition for weeds like wild onions.
One of the many banes of my existence.

Yesterday was dreary chilly grey.
Today was temperate sun.
Tomorrow is to be wet chilly grey.

Sooooo, I thought I’d take advantage of today’s temperate sunshine, while I had a
few glorious hours without any clamoring demands…all but for those demanding weeds.

I grabbed a pail and trowel while donning my gloves as I set out about digging up those
annoying wild onions along with any other emerging pest.

As my back began to ache, forcing me to wobble through the flower beds “walking”
on my knees, that is until I hit a rock, I mused whether or not I should simply learn
to accept and maybe even relish the weeds.

Should I forego the flowers, the plants, the bushes and let the weeds simply run amuck?

Suddenly the thought of God allowing weeds, aka sins, to run amuck hit me like
a ton of bricks.

Plucking, digging and pulling is arduous…it is painstaking…especially the older I get.
But I do it because I know just how great the flower beds can look in their full
glory come Spring.

Yet does not God do that very same thing?
Plucking, pulling, digging, deadheading…
And why does He do it?
Because He knows how beautiful we will be in our sin-free reborn selves…

And so I continue in my pursuit…
because continues in His pursuit of me…

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin,
and so death spread to all men because all sinned—

Romans 5:12

15 comments on “a whole mess of weeds

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  2. Lynda Clayton says:

    Julie, this is a beautiful metaphor of God’s love and patience and challenging work with us.

  3. hatrack4 says:

    A lot of your weeds look like wild onions. I like the analogy, but the idea of wild onions reminds me that in my new diet, of all the onions, all I can eat is the green portion of scallions.

    And as for your blizzard in March, that’s kinda what they said from that weather station near where you are. As soon as you think Spring is here to stay, that’s when the winter storm hits. But that’s it, it is not Winter, just a storm.

    • I just got two ‘cookbooks’ / dietician books about the Fodmap diet for ailments such as IBS— garlic and onions are high fodmap items and one needs low fodmap items— chives and the green ends of scallions are ok —

      • hatrack4 says:

        Thank you. I didn’t know about chives. I can create garlic infused oil, by browning crushed garlic in EVOO. Then you strain the oil to remove all bits of garlic. You can do the same with scallions. If you go too far, it becomes bitter. I haven’t tried it yet, but I hope to attempt it later this week. I love garlic and onion – oh, just for a taste…

      • I’ve been doing my infusions with the garlics day even substituting chopped fennel bulb for chopped onions

      • hatrack4 says:

        Another good idea with the fennel bulb. We must be reading similar books, but not the same ones. Every time I do an internet search, I get a different list. I am eating a banana each day since the cardiologist put me on a high dosage of Lasix, but some low FODMAP lists say to stay away from bananas while others say that it is okay. I know that for me, it isn’t bad.

      • I don’t eat bananas- I’ve never been a fan and they do trouble my guts— what I’m seeing is that it is a matter of simple sugar chains that IBS patients have difficulty processing

      • hatrack4 says:

        That the Monosaccharides of the FODMAP, simple sugar chains. I seem to have some trouble there, but not a lot. Then again, I can get an intestinal bug that is going around – Everyone will talk about the diarrhea and I will be constipated with the same bug. So I don’t think all IBS is the same. Of course, if I did have a reaction, I could eat more broccoli.

  4. atimetoshare.me says:

    I love this analogy. I remember pulling some weeds that were so deep they seemed to have no end. A perfect reminder of how our sins can choke us. Thanks for the reminder. Luckily for me I won’t have to weed for several months.

  5. oneta hayes says:

    The roots are the part that hurts. Lesson: If God is pulling, turn loose quickly. 😀 Beautiful analogy, Julie.

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