I have a hoop greenhouse. It was just set up this year so I am learning a thing or two about greenhouses. One thing I didn’t know is that if one is not careful, the warmth intended to strengthen and nourish the plants can end up overwhelming and harming them. There must be a balance between the light, the warmth and water and nourishment.
I figured having tomatoes, beets, squashes, zucchinis, bell peppers, onions and other assorted vegies in a protected environment like the greenhouse meant my plants would be protected from the elements like frost and cold. I thought I would not have to worry about pesky bugs, well not as many anyway. However, if the bees cannot get in to the greenhouse, there will be no pollination and the plants will be fruitless.
I was sure weeds would be a thing of the past. But not so! There are weeds in the garden beds, and in the walking path between the beds.
Some of the weeds were blown in as seeds by the wind.
Peat moss is meant to benefit the soil by supplying nutrients, greatly improving moisture retention, and offering better soil structure. I believe some weeds came in the organic peat moss I bought, because no sooner had I mixed the peat moss with the soil, I begun to see little weed-lets spring up all over the beds.
Then of course, some of the weeds were already in the core of the soil we dug up from prior beds, to fill these beds.
I found parallels between the plants in the greenhouse and the life of those who choose to be followers of Christ.
Delicate plants safely bask in the warmth, in the greenhouse. I think of the greenhouse as God’s protective covering over us.
Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Where do those weeds come from if we have God’s protective covering over us?
The weeds blown in by the wind could be issues that come from outside sources such as temptation, lust, greed, addiction, pornography, spiritual warfare, and jealousy.
The weeds in the organic peat moss may come from well meaning family, friends and fellow Christ followers who are meant to nourish us but sometimes bring us down. They come in the name of love, encouragement and help, but sometimes end up being more like midnight-barn-burners. These weeds may show up in the form of criticism, judgment, discord, hypocrisy, and rejection.
The weeds within the soil come from our natural tendency to struggle. Threads of negative self-chatter crowd our minds daily, keeping the bees from pollinating the flowers that will produce fruit. These may come in the form of self-doubts, fears, insecurities, lack of direction, worries, bitterness, and lack of patience. These can sometimes grow into unbelief, lack of faith, idolatry, selfishness, narcissism, lack of respect, feelings of entitlement, apathy for God’s Word, a stagnant spiritual walk, and not deliberately living for Christ.
Weeds crowd out the nourishment from the Spirit and the Word. Crowded plants grow tall and lanky as they strive to reach the light. They rarely produce much fruit. Their spindly stems are weak and lack a healthy supply of leaves, making them unable to yield useful produce and good fruit. The good fruit that should be thriving within us should be compassion, a spirit of worship, passion, humility, encouragement, a desire to minister to and bless others. A desire to offer grace and forgiveness to those who have wronged us.
Galatians 5:22-23 the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Well, I better get going, I have an awful lot of weeding to do.
By ~ Elizabeth Yalian 2013 ©http://hiseyeisonthissparrow.com.