2013-11-06 - The Coverup
It was time to get the flower beds ready for Autumn and Winter. Fortunately its been a little cooler the past few week, and so there have been fewer weeds sprouting. They are simple pleasures for me, pulling out the weeds, planting a few perennials for next season and some pansies for the winter. Then I add some fresh mulch to complete it. It seems simple enough. I seemed to have lost one of my weeding tools, and I now know how I did it, as I almost did it again. I was emptying some weeds from the collection bucket and noticed I left my trowel in it, from where I had planted some flowers. I realized, at the moment I nearly dumped the trowel in the trash can, it must have been how the weeding tool disappeared.
If the weeds would just disappear after pulling them out the first time, it would be nice. There is one of my flower beds that has more plastic layered around the planted items, and it does seem there are fewer on that side, yet some manage to find a way out and to the surface. It would be very easy to just cover them and skip pulling them out, I suppose. And in the places there is little or no plastic under the mulch, I would really like to skip it sometimes. Yet I know that as painstaking as it can be, I would much rather take the time to get those weeds out, so when I put fresh mulch down, it will be more likely that fewer weeds will erupt through to the surface. It will at least be different weeds.
I liken the weeds in the flower bed to the mistakes I have made in my past. And my past can be as recent as a few moments ago. Like recurring weeds, mistakes keep happening. If we get to the root and get rid of it, there might be more of them, yet hopefully they wont be the same ones we made before. Covering them up may be a temporary solution; however, it wont be long until they come to the surface again. Too often we take the easy way and just toss mulch on the ground, and hope that no one will see our weeds. It will look fine for awhile, especially if the plants are about to go dormant. But it wont be long until the part we skipped will be clear, when stuff starts poking through to the surface. I choose to get to the root of my mistakes, and yank them through repentance. I know more will come, and I will have to repeat the process, yet I know the beauty of knowing that what I have done in my past doesnt keep coming back to the surface. Thats the beauty of freedom - and the love of my Savior.
And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. (Luke 5:20)