Look More Closely

August 24, 2009
by Julie Bowles

Lamentations 3:40 – Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord. (NKJV)

Having a father who was a gardener and loved to be outside planting and working the soil has left a deep impression on my life. Recently, as I was cutting the lawn, a co-worker passed by and stopped to chat. She commented how green, lush, and weed-free my lawn was. After she left and I continued to work in the yard, I began to examine my lawn a bit more closely. Amidst this lush-looking lawn were weeds. I know that one can keep weeds at bay by keeping a thick, lush lawn, which is what I have been striving to do, so that chemicals are not used on the lawn. Still, weeds try to take hold, and they need to be dug out, roots and all. Have you ever noticed that the roots of weeds are much longer than the roots of grass? It is a constant battle to remove the weeds so that they cannot take over.

Our walk with Christ can also be like this. Our roots in the Lord can be shallow and short, or we can become deeply rooted in Him. At times, we need to have weeds removed from our lives, and when we do, as with the plants, we need to have all the root removed or that area will continue to have a hold in our lives.

Ezekiel 31:7 – Thus it was beautiful in greatness and in the length of its branches, because its roots reached to abundant waters. (NKJV)

Colossians 2:6-7 – As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. (NKJV)

Prayer: Dear Lord, we want to live in the fullness of You. Help us to look a little more closely into the areas of our lives where we have allowed weeds to move in. Help us to be open to letting You work in these areas of our lives. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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