TITLE: The Beautiful Weeds
By Marietta Taylor
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“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. “ James 1:14-15 NKJV
One morning I woke up and peeked out my bedroom window. The first thing to catch my eye was the sea of yellow dandelion across the hill. I thought, “That is so beautiful.” But a second thought intruded and I knew the peaceful moment was over.
“Dandelions may be weeds, but they're pretty. They make the grass seem alive. You can't argue with that.” I said to myself.
I could sense the Holy Spirit respond, “Actually, I can. You say that they make the grass seem alive. In truth they are a weed and they ruin a lawn. Just think of the vital nutrients those dandelions are taking from the plants and grass.”
“Okay. I didn't think of that. I guess that's a downside.”
“I have another”
“I knew you would. As much as I don't want to hear it, go ahead.”
“Sin is like a weed. It works it's way into your life. Sometimes it actually makes your life appear more interesting and fascinating. You might even think it's better than what God has I mind. But it's taking things from you. And just like the dandelion, or any other weed, if you just deal with the part you can see, it keeps coming back. A weed must be dealt with at the root. ”
“So you're saying if I just try to “stop”participating in the sin, it will come back? That's why when you mow down dandelions week or two later, they're back. They grew back from the root.”
“Exactly. If you don't deal with the reason you allowed yourself to give in to the sin, you'll eventually do it again. So, what do you think about dandelions now?”
“They may look beautiful, but underneath, they can be destructive. I better get to work on my internal dandelions.”
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