“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
They pop up in the most undesired places. We spot them, and immediately label them persistent, invasive intruders snaking around the garden eager to kill, steal and destroy all that is beautiful and good. Left uncontrolled, weeds visually strangle the very life from the garden; some forming long, spider-like tendrils that stretch and creep, deliberately detracting from the hard-earned beauty of our outdoor spaces. They’re jealous enemies, determined to steal the show and demand our attention.
Luckily, some bear shallow enough root systems which allow them to be easily plucked, while others plunge their roots down deep, threatening to burden and hinder indefinitely.
It seems no matter how diligent we work to rid our gardens and our lives of these annoying elements, one has to consider the possibility that God chooses to let some weeds remain.
Do they in some strange way add character to the garden?
Do they somehow make us stronger? Live longer? Look younger?
It’s a given that the Christian walk isn’t without its trials. Inevitably, the storm clouds will gather and the challenges will be many, but remember John 16:33:
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
So, why does God allow the weeds to remain in our lives? Perhaps the answer isn’t ours to learn - God owes us no explanations. However, whether in the garden or in our life situations, the deepest-rooted weeds are best dealt with on our knees.