I recently was away from home for a few days, when I returned, spring had happened in a major way in my yard. Flowers blooming. Trees budding. Grass beginning to reemerge after a winter of sleeping. It's all very green and very pollen-y and very lovely. Funny how it took me pulling back to see with new eyes the spring growth that was happening all along... (hmmm... that'll preach).
At a distance, everything looks really great, but the closer I got to the grass... all I could see was it wasn't as much grass as it was weeds. Counterfeit growth. (hmmm... that'll preach, too). So I got down on my knees and began to scrutinize what stayed and what needed to go. When you pull weeds, there is going to be some collateral damage, you are going to pull up some grass with the weeds. The reason, however, those weeds are growing in that spot is because the grass isn't healthy enough to choke it out. So in essence, it will be a stronger lawn if that "weaker" grass goes as well... to make room for the healthier stuff. Out it must come.
And so it is with us... if we are willing to step back, gain perspective on what the Lord wants to grow in us, get on our knees and scrutinize what stays and goes and then systematically prune out what has to go - even some of the GOOD STUFF - it will make room for the BEST STUFF He has for us and what He wants to see bloom and grow and flourish in us. Hmmm... That'll preach, indeed.
C'mon spring. As you wake the world to the promise of what's new, may it be a reminder to me to tend to my heart, not being afraid to get some dirt under my nails and get about the business of really being the best version of me He's after.
Tara is Greg's girl, mom to two sons of thunder, a hunger fighter, big dreamer and worship pastor at seacoast church.