I have made this observation before: On my morning walk along the Pacific Coast Highway, I am usually very observant of things on the walk/bike path. In certain areas, there are some weeds along the guard rail, and also in certain spots, there are weeds that have pushed their way straight through the pavement, like the picture above that I took yesterday.
That’s right… that’s pavement with weeds that have pushed through at least 6 inches of pavement. You would never see blade grass coming through pavement, or a pretty flower, only weeds.
Weeds have a deep, hardy root system, that give it strength to push through even pavement. The grass and flowers do not. To me there are at least two vital lessons here.
One: There are root systems in our hearts of resentment, unforgiveness, bitterness and pain that have to be dug our all the way around to get rid of them fully and completely, or the tendency is for the weeds, or problematic issues and subsequent behaviors to keep pushing through all the good things we may have done to grow, back up to the surface of our lives.
Two: When we uproot the pain, bitterness and unforgiveness in our hearts and obtain healing, we can then receive the good seeds in our hearts that God has for us that will produce strong tress that root us deeply in God’s love for us and give us enduring strength.
Jeremiah 7 says, 7 “But blessed is the man who trusts in God and has made God his hope and confidence. 8 He is like a tree planted along a riverbank, with its roots reaching deep into the water—a tree not bothered by the heat nor worried by long months of drought. It’s leaves stay green, and it goes right on producing all its good fruit.”
I appreciate these principals as they continue to show us practical lessons that guide us to understanding our need for emotional and spiritual healing, so that we can be freed up to become all we were intended to be, have healthier relationships, and function more in the strengths of our temperament as we grow.