My lawn looks like crap!
The intense heat and lack of rain this summer has left it dusty, brown, and with no life… except of course… for the weeds.
I was talking with a friend of mine yesterday and he said it best, he said, “how is it that I can water, feed, and care for my lawn daily… and it dies in the summer heat, but those weeds… even the ones growing impossibly out of the cracks in my blacktop driveway… can just stay green and healthy and growing”.
It’s true isn’t it? The stuff we work so hard to keep alive… dies, and the stuff we wish would die just goes on living and thriving.
Our lives are full of stuff like that. The things we care for, and work on daily, remain fragile and prone to dying, while the stuff we fight and starve daily continue to flourish. Addictions, worries, fears, anger, bad habits, and discouragement are like that. They keep growing despite our work.
Interestingly, Paul describes each of us in just the opposite way! As wasting way, but indestructibly renewing. He says (2 Corinthians 4:16):
So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.
Notice he doesn’t deny, hide, or wish away our trials. Instead, he points to and holds to something deep inside that points to a bigger reality: even though everything may be falling apart…
we are stronger and more healthy than our weeds.