Monday, September 07, 2015
When You Can't Stop the Weeds, at Least Stop Them From Going to Seed
This week, I take a week off from the "Cabin Fever" project to tackle something else: Weeds.
I've been tackling an area of our yard that has a real lot of weeds. Over the past few years, I've tried mulch and stone to stop them. They are significantly diminished from the "jungle" that used to be there, but they are very persistent. I don't want to use roundup due to the health hazards and because this is near an area that drains into the storm drains and then to the river down the street. I hired a college student recently to help pull the weeds and after 4 hours, he had 6 full size trash cans filled to capacity. That worked for a while, but now, they're back!
I'm reminded of a joke I heard:
A daughter was starting out in her new marriage and was working on a flower garden. She called her mom and asked "When I'm weeding, how can I tell which are weeds and which are the flowers?" Her mom answered "pull everything up, the ones that come back are the weeds."
My new goal
So, over the past few months, I've come up with a goal: I will prioritize pulling out any weeds that are about to go to seed. If I see the seed pods starting to form, they are the ones I pull out first. I can't keep up with pulling them all at once, but at least I can stop them from spreading.
There has to be a lesson here for life
I got to thinking; there has to be a lesson here in life. Maybe we can't tackle all of our challenges at once, but we can at least stop them from spreading. Is there something that you've been putting off and it's only festering as a result? Is it getting worse because you're avoiding it? Is it spreading out into other areas, spilling over into other parts of your life or relationships? Is it time to "pull those weeds?"
Proverbs 24:30-34 Is a also a good lesson for us. It's a different thought about weeds, take a look!