If you are someone who has always lived in a city, then it may not be easy for you to truly grasp the wisdom in which God created nature. I spent most of my life living in the city, and I am still learning so much as God uses nature to speak to me. After taking care of a yard for the past several years, I have learned that there is much work required and also about the nature of weeds. It is my duty to kill the weeds when my husband and I work out in the yard. I had never noticed nor really even heard of weeds before meeting my husband and coming to live in rural America. If you are a long time reader of the “Being Fruitful” column, you will probably remember me sharing what I have learned about weeds in past articles. Through winter to spring and spring rain to summer, I have been given another new insight through weeds, so I hope you will bear with me as I talk about their nature again!
I use weeds as an example of sin regularly. Many of them, like the dandelion or a creeping vine, actually look nice and seem to bring no harm, but if you pay attention you will see that their growth can actually harm the health of other plants. I realized weeds do not require any care; instead, they seem to be able to grow anytime and anywhere. The speed of their growth is also much faster than the desirable flowers or trees which require the care of a gardener. Sometimes, you may even feel you have no control over the weeds, overwhelmed by how wide of an area they cover. Their destruction can seem like a non-stop battle with no end in sight.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:1-2, NIV)
Praise the Lord that the way God deals with sin is to never take it lightly. He is a good Gardener, and He dealt with sin once and for all through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. He takes very good care of His garden, for every plant which is in it belongs to Him. He has His workers sow and water, and He Himself makes the plants grow according to His season and His time. (1 Corinthians 3:7, Ecclesiastes 3:2)
A good plant needs a good gardener. A healthy and beautiful plant, one which is blooming and flourishing, occurs because it has a good gardener taking good care it. A good gardener will bring no harm to his plant, nor will he ignore any potential harm that could come to his garden. He uses clean soils and he makes effort in his work every morning. He sets up fences and traps to protect the plants… a good plant must have a good gardener.
Our God is a good Gardener and His people are His plants. His Word is the foundation, the good soil and the fence. He pays attention as He guides and watches over all those who belong to Him, and He delivers them from danger and temptation. Are you in His garden today?