They’re everywhere in all the wrong places and grow taller, faster than most desired plants. They are weeds, tares, undesirables, unneeded, and annoying. Sometimes it isn’t only an issue of appearance. They can overshadow other plants and stunt their growth. Their pollen levels can be an issue for those sensitive to their powerful distribution. And they are amazingly tenacious and strong in all of the wrong places. They’re a big problem.
The most widely accepted definition for weed is simply “a plant out of place.” The picture shown as a part of this blog shows a tall goldenrod growing up through a fig tree and it is clearly ‘a plant out of place.’ It is standing almost seven feet tall among the limbs of a fruit bearing tree that needs its sunshine and the nutrients that it will consume in its upward spiral.
Those characteristics are shrouded by beautiful flowers of gold that are impressive and appealing to the eye. It is a beautiful ‘weed.’ But, its beauty will not make it a survivor of summer’s growth period because it is in the wrong place. It will have to be removed so that the more desirable and productive fig tree will be able to flourish.
Let’s make sure that our existence is not comparable to weeds that look beautiful and strong but contribute very little because they’re in all the wrong places.
Our lives should be pleasant and peaceful with desirable traits that will produce fruit that will remain to bless and benefit others. And that can only be achieved by our willingness to be in a place where we are planted rather than springing up in places that are not for us or others. And we thrive best where we are planted! No amount of beauty can substitute for a life of service, sacrifice, giving and bearing fruit in a place ordained for us.
We all do better, whether a plant, bush, shrub, fruit tree or tall hardwood, when we are planted by our Maker/Creator to bring forth fruit and to contribute to the quality of life of a much larger world.
Don’t be a weed today . . . be sure to find that place that God has for you!
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV