It was the cool of the evening. I was watering my freshly planted vegetable garden. Brailee was watering her flowers. From behind me, I heard her exclaim, “don’t water the weeds!” I turned around to look at her and she repeated, “Nana, don’t water the weeds!” I laughed. However, as I laughed, I thought, “wow, we should all have the insight.”
Don’t water the weeds.
Weeds are the thing I like least about planting a garden. I try to keep all the weeds I possibly can out of my vegetable garden. Why? Weeds are unwanted plants that grow where they shouldn’t. They are often quite persistent. They compete with our crops for water, light, nutrients and even space. While weeds may resemble plants, they do not bear fruit. A botanist friend of mine once told me that weeds left unattended can cut the harvest by as much as 40 to 60%.40 – 60% – that is a lot!
As I thought of all these facts, my thoughts went from my vegetable garden to the garden in our heart. What weeds are running rampant in our lives? Are we daily watering those weeds? Just like our gardens, our lives can become overrun with weeds. Weeds that will choke out our harvest, if we allow it to. Or cut it in half – I don’t want that, do you?
I believe one of the main weeds in the life of a believer is worry and fear. This is a weed that will produce no good fruit. Furthermore, it will choke the life out of everything good in our lives. We cannot water that weed. We must pull it out by the roots, once and for all.
2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” If you are worried and fearful, it is not from God. He is not the author of fear. He promises you power, love and a sound mind.
Philippians 4:7 teaches us to allow the peace of God that passes all understanding to rule our hearts and our minds. How do we do that? By keeping our mind stayed upon God and His promises. By refusing to water the weeds of worry.
How do we water worry? With the words of our mouth. The Bible tells us there is power in our words. If we daily confess our concerns, fears, and worries, we are watering them. As we water them with our words, they will grow. They will not only grow, but the roots of that fear and worry will go deeper and deeper.
Remember, unattended weeds can and will affect your harvest. Worry and fear will choke the fruit out of your life.
Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Against such there is no law.”
These verses set the standard.
If what we are watering isn’t growing those types of fruit, it is very possibly a weed. If it is a weed, we must reach down into the dirt and uproot it before it grows. Before it becomes deeply rooted. If we don’t, it will begin choking out the fruit we are working so hard to grow.
Don’t water the weeds. Instead, water your faith daily with the Word of God and with the words of your mouth.
Isaiah 58:11 says, “And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”
Allow your life to become like a well-watered garden, just as God has promised. Daily tend to the garden of your life, your heart, as you do it will produce much fruit. And above all, refuse to water the weeds!