My husband has the green thumb in our family. He cares for our landscaping and gardening. I pull the weeds, a small way to help. Not often, and not well, but I try.
A few years ago, I noticed a tall, unattractive flower on the side of our house. It looked strange to me, so I asked my husband about it. He informed me of its nature: a weed.
I attempted to pull it. The weed didn’t budge. Its roots had thickly developed deep into the ground. It would take more than my meager strength to rid our landscape of this eye sore.
This memory came to mind recently as I read Mark 4:18-19: “Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.”
Distractions take root in our heart. They act as spiritual weeds, threatening to choke our relationship with Christ.
Are you choked by distraction?
Finances. Schedules. Personal desires. Social media. Entertainment. Food. Pursuit of “more.”
Just like in my landscape, sometimes I don’t easily recognize the distractions choking my spiritual life. The very thing holding me back from deeper intimacy with Christ often seems good. Over time, though, the roots of this distraction grow and move me away from God.
Spiritually, we need to consistently check our hearts.
What distractions have taken root? Some of these weeds may be small and easily plucked. Others have been growing and the roots are deeply embedded. These weeds will take more time and care to remove; it won’t be quite as simple to remove from our heart.
With continual care, our spiritual lives will be fruitful. We can be like the seed identified in Mark 4:8: “Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” Let us pray for God to identify the weeds in our hearts so we can clear them and become fruitful.
The season of Lent is approaching. As you prepare your hearts to reflect on the death and resurrection of Christ, I challenge you to identify a distraction in your life. Consider removing this distraction during the season of Lent (2.14.18-4.1.18) and focus your eyes on Christ.
I would love to hear what distractions you discover have taken root in your heart. Social media is a big one of mine – it is a constant battle to stay focused on Christ and not get distracted by my newsfeeds.