Weeds and roots

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Friis Photography

Yesterday, we got stuck into the garden. And once we started, it became abundantly apparent the amount of work that needed to be done.

We have a star jasmine, which we love, but it has a weed vine growing through it, which we hate.

I began pulling it off, unwrapping it from around the stems and leaves. Sometimes, I would grab part of the vine that was long and twining round and round. As anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of gardening (which is about my level!) would know, unless you get the root of a weed, it will simply grow back.

And in this particular case, the roots were hard to trace and once found, even harder to pull out.

As I worked, it reminded me of when we have things in our life that bind us, that choke out the healthy things. We can pull the leaves and stem off, cut them and throw them away, but unless we get to the root of the problem, those issues will remain.

Often those roots are not easy to see, requiring us to pull other things away until they are exposed and we can deal with them.

It’s no good to simply deal with what we can see, we need to address those roots that are hidden in the dark places of our lives.

It’s only when we expose things to the Light that real change can occur. It takes effort, determination and a willingness to get rid of that which may be familiar but is ultimately strangling us.

But just like in my garden, the end result is well worth the blisters, scratches and aching muscles. Well worth it, indeed.

4 thoughts on “Weeds and roots

  1. Beautifully said.

    It’s a bit like corrosion in steel, too. You have to abrade the surface down to clean bright metal before repainting it, because if you leave pits, little flecks of rust, the corrosion will just start again from there.

    Another interesting analogy – and I have no real idea where to go with it – is that presented by epoxy-coated reinforcing steel used in concrete structures.

    Coating the steel bars with a layer of tough epoxy makes them impervious to rust for years; but if the epoxy is chipped away in a small area. the corrosion there will actually spread faster than if the whole bar had been left uncoated.

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  2. Those of us who love gardening will tell you we’re not that crazy about digging and pruning and weeding for their own sakes. What keeps us going is knowing that we are nurturing those plants we want to have around us and we are making our environment more beautiful. When there are weeds in my own life that I can’t seem to eradicate is when I do my best gardening.

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