I have this corner “flowerbed.” It has a few weeds.
How’s that for keeping it real?
My other beds are all nice and tidy. Mulched, etc. But this one corner. I just haven’t gotten there yet. I’ve started to weed before, gone half-way and quite. (It’s Round-Up time)
I just haven’t gotten the energy to finish. Partly because I don’t know what to do with this little corner. It’s my unfinished project.
A couple of weeks ago, I uprooted a tomato plant accidentally during my longest weeding session. Some seeds were carried along by the wind and dropped just right in to my corner bed. If you look really closely, you can see that it came back.
This bed is a lot like me right now. Some weeding needs to be done.
And it seems I’m producing little. It looks like – it the midst of the mess and the lack of direction, like a wasted corner of the world.
And then I see that tomato plant. Life in the midst of it all. No striving for that – just God.
He keeps planting things. He’s always planting something.
A conviction. A new hope. A friend. A vision.
We see so dimly now. And if you’re anything like me, your eye catches the undone. The mess. All the things you could have done better. All the things you need to do, for Him. So you keep striving, and the weeds just keep growing.
And the sun bares down and the rains pound hard and the work seems heavy at best.
Somehow we think we can’t have both: the weeds and the fruit. We think we need to fix our souls and our habits and then maybe He can use us. Like the misfit toys from the little island. If only we looked brand new.
He keeps planting. Working behind the scenes. And right in front of us.
Fulfilling a glorious endeavor. To save the world one soul at a time. To nudge us into His calling – that we might keep proclaiming the truth even when we don’t have all the answers.
We can’t mess it up if we try. His plan. We can uproot the thing with our bare hands, and He can still finish it.
Are we “strenuously contending with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in us”? (Col. 1:29) He works it in us. He does. We must let go of all things which deter from the main call. The things which only TAKE our energy. His burden is light. He works out the energy for us.
You need to rest? Do it fully. Lean in until he has completed the rest in you.
You tired of “working for the Lord?” Start working with Him. It’s his battle. He’s got this.
You don’t have to carry the burden of saving souls. We just get to love them. To be loved by Him. And the most beautiful of all? Loving Him, changing from glory to glory – it’s our best witness. That which feeds us most actually naturally feeds others.
There will always be weeds. But as long as the sun rises and sets, there will also be harvest time. There will also be fruit. Look, the fields are white unto harvest! He is working among us. Labor on in His mighty strength. He will finish the work.