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Blackberries, Brambles and Briers

Good morning. It is Tuesday, May 25 2021.


The Blackberry bushes are taking over my property. It seems like just last week, they looked innocent enough, this morning they look like they have grown several feet, in all directions.


Why is it that weeds grow faster than the plants we want to keep and nurture?


My mom says "A weed by definition is any plant you do not want." (I like that because I like certain 'weeds".)


Merriam-Webster defines a weed as “a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially: one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants.”


Weeds.


I like an organic approach to my yard. I seldom plan, I just place and plant and if nature drops a seed or something springs up I did not plant, more times than not, I leave it.


I had a THORNY, what looks like, wild rose, pop up in my flowerbed a couple of months ago. Instead of removing it, I framed the ground around it with rock from my property.

If I am honest, I am not sure if I let it stay because I think it is pretty or because it looks wickedly painful. It is FULL of sharp thorns. I have no doubt that to rid my garden of this plant, will hurt me.




Let us take a look at Dandelions. I know they are considered a weed, and people spend good money, and time, on killing Dandelions and yet Dandelions are a gift from God!


Dandelions are packed with nutrition and healing properties. They promote liver function and are an excellent liver cleanser, in fact they are one of the most effective toxin removers, cleansing the blood, lymph and liver.


Dandelions are highly nutritious and a great source of fiber, plus vitamins A, C, K, E, folate and small amounts of other B vitamins AND, Dandelions are full of antioxidants.


Dandelion can help to fight inflammation, boost immune system, act as an anti aging agent in skin care products, and although further research are needed – according to some sources – even treat type 2 diabetes, some type of cancer, and HIV (1, 2, 3, 4). - ecosh.com/dandelion-18-health-benefits-backed-by-science


They are very good for us and yet we kill them and consider them a nuisance. Isn't that strange?


Are we not like weeds at times? The good things God gave us we spend time getting rid of and the bad things in life we allow to be nurtured.


A few years ago I had a tree seedling, no doubt left by a bird, spring up in one of my planters. I let it grow until I realized the other plant was not doing so well. By the time I decided to remove this small tree, this spring, I could not do so by myself. I had to call my son-in-law to help. The root system was so strong and undoubtedly tangled with my other plants that it took some strength to pull it out. Now the plant that was there first, is not doing well. It's leaves are small, it's root system compromised, it does not look healthy.


I think so often in life we allow that seedling of sin to grow along side us. It looks pretty and innocent in the beginning but over time it begins to choke us, strangling our roots and threatening to kill us. We would do anything now to get rid of it, but just like that tree seedling, we cannot remove it on our own. We need the Son of God to come and help; to grab ahold of the very thing that is choking the life out of us and pull it out of our lives. We need Jesus.


I love the parable found in Matthew 13:24-30. Jesus said "...“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’” - ESV


What does it all mean? Jesus explained that as well.


Verses 36-43 "...his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear."


There are 6 parables in that chapter:


The Parable of the Sower The Parable of the Weeds The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven The Parable of the Hidden Treasure The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value The Parable of the Net


I would encourage you to read the whole chapter. It is rich!


There is a day coming when we will no longer have to worry about thorns and other unwanted plants.


Jesus is coming soon.


He will make everything new! Everything will be as He intended from the beginning of earth's creation. He will rid our world of Satan and sin. There will be no more death or illness or pain or thorns.


Isaiah 55:13 "“Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up, And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up, And it will be a memorial to the Lord, For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off."

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