Our lives are like a garden, a well-balanced ecosystem.
Recently, the holy spirit made me very aware of two weeds in my garden. One was called “Pride” and the other was called, “Comparisons”. I was able to get rid of the weed of comparison myself, but unable to remove pride out of the garden of my life. It’s roots were too deep and the weed is very tall and ugly. I am embarrassed by this weed. It detracts from my garden. It leaches valuable nutrients (compassion, gratitude and wisdom) away from all the other fruitful plants. The weed of pride is invasive. It can change the environmental conditions in the soil chemistry and water (it will change my behavior and personality). I consider this type of weed to be a ‘transformer’ weed. These weeds can change the whole ecosystem (our lives) by pushing out native plants (the good things in our lives) by making the ecosystem more suitable for other weeds to invade (like lust, jealousy, slander, gossip and comparisons).
I’m so thankful that the holy spirit shined his light on that ugly thing. When we have the puffed-up transformer weed of pride, we have difficulty seeing it in our garden, but we can clearly see it in other peoples gardens.
I am glad to say, that He is helping me uproot this nasty weed and toss it into the burn pile.
Here are further analogies you might enjoy….
- The fruits and vegetation represent good qualities that others see, benefit from and admire. Qualities like gentleness, mercy, joy, self-control and faithfulness.
- There are boundaries to our garden. God sets the limits of where we begin and end. He sets the limits on the solar system, the oceans and all other working systems.
- The gardener is God. Remember God walking in the garden with Adam and Eve? Gen 3:8-10 “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
- The tools that the gardener uses (gloves, garden hoe, shovel) represent the holy spirit. He works for the good in our lives, helps to clean us up and points out things that need to change in our lives.
My attempt to beautify the steps.
What do you think about the weed of pride?