Romans 2:6-8 – God "will give to each person according to what he has done." To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. (NIV)
As gardening season is upon us, I am once again amazed at the tenacity of the weeds. In northern Canada, growing things can be quite a chore due to the short season, poor soil, and chilly nights and mornings, as well as scorching, sunny afternoons. Yet, the weeds flourish with abundance, popping up in the least likely places, as well as making themselves at home right under my nose in the midst of my front garden and hanging on with persistence, whether beset by cold or searing heat. Their bright little heads, blooming with cheerful colour, seem to mock the difficulties surrounding them, as they come up here and there to grow and multiply with abandonment. Ah, well! What can I say, other than, perhaps, as in all things God has created, there is a lesson to be learned: the lesson of persistence.
Much like weeds, God desires His people to be persistent in doing good for His kingdom, here, there, and everywhere, with a spirit of abandonment as we trust in the guidance and power of His Holy Spirit, to lead, guide, teach, and empower us day by day. He calls us to bloom with cheery hope amidst trials and troubles, for they are good for us, producing perseverance, character, hope, and love within us. He beckons us to seek out and do good to those who cannot repay or return the blessings we grant unto them. We are called to sprout forgiveness amidst injustice, unkindness, and foul play, and to turn the other cheek whenever taking offense seeks to spring up so quickly within us. Amidst all of these challenges, He encourages us to rejoice in Him always, for as Christians, we are planted in the good soil of His love, goodness, and faithfulness, where an abundance of harvest is bound to spring up and blossom forth as we persistently have faith to not weary of doing good.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for the lesson of persistence that we can learn from the weeds. Through the power of Your Holy Spirit may our hearts become ever more persistent in their endeavours to do good, blossoming with love and kindness wherever You have chosen to plant us. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.
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