My family recently moved into a new home, and in the backyard there is a beautiful and large avocado tree. From the moment I found out, I was so excited; it had a bunch of little avocados growing. I even started day dreaming of all the guac I would make. Yet a few days ago, I decided to go check on the tree and see how those lil avocados were growing. To my surprise they were all gone. There were none on the ground. They were just gone. Weird right?
Well, I started looking around and I did notice that the bottom of the tree was full with weeds. I thought to myself, maybe the weeds have something to do with it? So, I did what any smart person would do when they have questions, I googled.
Turns out that those weeds had everything to do with why there were no longer avocados on my tree. Those weeds were competing with the tree for water, oxygen and the nutrients in the soil, and the more weeds there were the more it was leading the tree to get stressed out and produce a small harvest, if any.
So I decided, I am going to take those suckers out. They were not going to stop my tree from producing those yummy avocados.
As I started pulling them out, I thought about how we're all very much like a tree in God's garden, created to grow and bring forth fruit. Yet, our life can be so vulnerable to being invaded by weeds that everyday competes to rob us of the beauty, energy and positivity to reach our full potential.
The weeds of our life aren't green shrubs but they can look like:
Everyday that we hold on to these weeds in our life, they keep us from living to the fullness of what God created us to be. Like the avocado tree in my story, they cause us to live in stress and tension which results us in producing little or nothing good in our lives.
Yet, God wants to be our Gardner, who comes in and takes care of those weeds.
If we allow Him too, we gives ourselves the chance to become all we were created to be. With Him at work in our lives, we can produce the right and good fruit that the Apostle Paul talks about in Galatians 5.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control..." Galatians 5:22-23a
Yet, weeds will try to make their way back and grow but if we are continuously allowing God to be at work in our life, we're quicker to spot those weeds and get it taken care of before they even take root.
For many years of my life I had weeds of anger and lashing out. Yet for the last eight years I decided to allow God to come deal with those weeds. So when they try and make a come back, I spot it and notice it quicker than before and chose to deal with it rather then allowing it to make a home again.
So lets take a look at our tree. Whats the condition of the tree? Is it growing, thriving and waiting for a bountiful harvest? Or does it need some maintenance? Do some weeds need to be pulled out?
If so, welcome God to be your Gardner. Let him come and help you remove all that is robbing you from the energy, beauty and positivity to reach your full potential.
This is the before and after of my avocado tree. Now, I will definitely be more vigilant the weeds that try to make a comeback.
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