Weeding My Heart’s Garden, Part 2

On Tuesday I wrote about weeding sin from my heart’s garden. Today, I will tell you the best time to pull those stubborn weeds out.

No matter how much weeds have overtaken a patch in my garden, I’ve learned to wait for the rain before I pull them up. Pulling up weeds in dry soil is pointless. Their roots break off, so the remaining root pieces can sprout even more weeds than before. When the soil is watered, it is loose and pliable. I can pull up a weed with ease and take all the roots with the plant. Waiting for the rain is the key to eradicating weeds.

In the garden of my heart, I’ve learned that weeding is easier after rain also. Sometimes it’s the rain of life’s storms, such as sickness or unprovoked meanness from others. I didn’t ask for it, but the storm came. My gut emotional response to a life storm is the ugly sin of self-pity. The rain of the storm softens my heart and helps me turn to God for help rather than sitting in a puddle of selfishness.

Sometimes the rain is from my own tears. When I’ve caused myself pain by missing a deadline, hurting a loved one, and neglecting my needs, I suffer the consequences, and tears often result. Those tears trickle down into my heart’s garden, watering all the soil and loosening the roots of those sinful behaviors. It’s easier for God to pull them up by the roots than when I try to remove those sins on my own willpower, causing them to break off and multiply.  It’s hard to admit, but true: My faith grows most when God sends storms over my heart’s garden.

Last night we received several inches of rain in my real garden, and more is on the way. When the clear days arrive next week, it’s the perfect time to weed the garden again. While I’m pulling up weeds, I’ll be thinking about the sins which have sprouted in my heart. I’ll confess them to God and ask him to pull them up, roots and all, so I’ll be healthier and stronger and more beautiful. Just like my garden.

Questions for reflection:

When has a time of storms revealed sin in your life?

Which storm are you facing now? How may God use it to clear your heart’s garden?

Join me next week as my blog series “Meeting God in the Garden” continues. In the meantime, read these related posts:

Take a virtual tour of my garden

Read my first guest interview with Barb Bailey

Check out my post on finding beauty in the garden

Visit with Michele Morin, fellow blogger and gardener

 

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  • I like that analogy. Facing storms is never pleasant but I agree, it is often those times that soften our hearts and open us up to where God wants to work and the weeding he wants to do.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Lesley, I am thankful for your visit today. These spring rains are reminding me that God wants me to cling to him in storms, and weed out what doesn’t belong.

  • I enjoyed reading this. Weeding is a never-ending task for all of us and it’s easy to become discouraged.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you Sarah. Looking forward to hosting you here soon!

  • Jodie Filogomo

    I love making analogies so that it makes sense to everyone, and this one is perfect.
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com
    #tuneinthursdays

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Jodie! Thanks for visiting, and for sharing your link. Hopping over to your site now!

  • Sarah, this is so good. I need reminding that the storms have a purpose!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thanks Michele!

  • Bettie G

    Oh this is such a timely post, as spring is bringing so many rain showers and storms! But this thought hit my heart tonight especially: “It’s easier for God to pull them up by the roots than when I try to
    remove those sins on my own willpower, causing them to break off and
    multiply.” What a good through to remember; to let the Master Gardener continue doing HIS work in my heart. Blessings to you!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Love it! God as the Master Gardener! 🙂

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  • Debbie Kitterman

    Sarah – It is so important that we remember storms have a purpose too, while we may not like them, they are still necessary. thanks for the reminder.

    Sorry for being so late to stop by – I was speaking at a retreat this past weekend and I am just now working on getting to my comments from last weeks #TuneInThursday Thank you so much for linking up each week.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Debbie! Thanks for your visit. I have a hard time keeping up with reading blogs…so no apologies needed! Glad to link up with you…you’ll see me again this Thursday. 🙂

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  • Sherry Thecharmofhome

    Beautiful Sarah. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thanks Sherry, it’s a joy to linkup with you!

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