So this summer I planted a dozen different herbs and plants near the back door of the house so I could use them when I was cooking. The only ones to successfully grow were the cilantro and basil. I had planted lavender in a pot that could come inside during the winter, hoping that I could use the leaves and flowers in tea and potpourri.
A plant started growing and I was excited to see it bloom. I love the romantic part of lavender; I think it comes from my love of classic literature from Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters.
As I watched this plant growing I started to wonder though if I wasn’t just growing a weed that looked like a plant.
See, if I was just nurturing a weed that looked like a plant, it was not going to give me the very thing I wanted to grow. Weeds are like that. They look the same as plants when they are young and only when it comes time to harvest is it evident that what I have grown is a weed. Weeds take up space, nutrients, and energy from me as I protect it and pull the weed around it. I can recognize many weeds but not all of them. When it comes to things like this, I find that I need to have studied the real plants identity so I can see what is the real plant and what is the weed. Anyone else find that they have grown weeds when they wanted to grow plants?
In my faith walk I need to study the character of Christ; His way of loving, teaching, rebuking, and encouraging others. If I don’t know intimately the way Christ would act if He were in my place, then I might follow after false teaching. I would end up growing weeds in my flower beds.
One of the first verses I learned as a new believer was Micah 6:8, “He has showed you O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
This is my desire; to walk humbly with God and grow plants that have a harvest, that make a difference, and provide life.