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.