Pulling weeds. Some people despise doing this. I love it. Yes, it’s back breaking, tedious, and sometimes frustrating (when only the top part of the weed comes off in your grasp). But it is oh, so satisfying when that root breaks free from its earth clinging grasp from below and enters the light of day by the strength of my mighty hand! (Dramatic, yes)
Our chickens are great gardeners. They fertilize, they aerate, and they keep away those pesky bugs. They also help out in the weed department. The only problem? They rarely pull up the weed by its root. They frantically eat away at the green leafy structures until it is no longer visible. However, the next day, the same weed reappears. Maybe another spring and summer of watching me pull weeds the right way will better train them in this area. Maybe I need to teach them how to vacuum!
Although I would rather think of us as lilies or dogwood trees, the concept of the weed and the root holds true for followers of Christ. Unless we are deeply rooted, we are easily “uprooted”. The burdens and experiences in life will quickly and indiscriminately yank us from our foundation and life source leaving us lifeless and withering.
Why do people easily fall to sin? Why do some waiver in their faith? Why do some even forsake their faith? The weakness of their root system. Period. If those same people had taken the necessary steps to foster the growth of strong and deep roots, the outcome would have been different. Maybe only the petals or the leaves would have been snipped. Maybe only the stem bent and manipulated.
If we let them, our troubles can prune us rather than defeat us. Life is going to happen. That’s a fact. How’s your root system?
Colossians 2:6-7 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”