My mom was a speaker for christian women's conferences. One of the things she talked about was marriage.
Her story of meeting my dad is almost like a fairy tale. I've written about it here.
When my mother met and married dad, she was head over heels in love. She shared that it was so perfect it was almost like the Garden of Eden, until...
there began to appear 'some weeds in the Garden of Eden'...
The human part of her knight in shining armour began to show in little ways, and her own little less-than-perfect traits would also appear from time to time.
There isn't a single one of us who have not had the experience of discovering 'weeds in Eden'... for some of us there have been times when the weeds may have threatened to overtake the whole garden!
It's a picture of life.
We deal with weeds on every level.
Our personal struggles, our families, friends, even our spiritual walk... there is always the threat of a weed or a lot of weeds.
What do we do with them?
I get impatient with the weeds in my outdoor garden, and just start yanking them up when the mood strikes. Lots of what comes up in my hand doesn't have the root, only the annoying part above the ground. In my impatience, the root still remains, just under the surface, and boy does it grow back in a hurry!
Best to deal with those pesky weeds and be sure they are removed with the whole root. For us in real life, that means choosing to cultivate the qualities that our lives must display because we are His children... love, patience, truthfulness, forgiveness, overlooking small annoyances, holding back a quick retort, praying instead of reacting, and on and on... pretty soon our gardens begin to look more like a real garden, not just a weed infested mess.
We all recognize the weeds... we also have the power to pull them out by the roots!