I was inspired by reading Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts to start my own list of simple blessings. As I was reading over my list I found that I had written a particular blessing 3 separate times.
In this list full of beautiful things and treasured moments, there 3 times I had been so moved that I wrote "pulling weeds" in my thanksgiving journal.
I'm sure most gardener's would not count their weeds as a blessing. My flowerbed is cluttered with them and they grow more abundant that anything else in my yard.
Pulling the weeds has been a huge job, but it is a gift.
I love those moments where I stand bent over my garden, face flushed and dripping in sweat from the Summer sun. Dirt under my fingernails and between my toes. My hands are busy picking and choosing which plants will stay and which must go.
I take out my frustrations on those weeds. It gives me time to think, or maybe not think, if that's what I really need.
By pulling out what's not necessary I'm leaving behind only the beauty.
And there is the blessing.
My little garden is so bare. I don't know what I am doing.
I am a complete beginner and maybe that's why I find so much joy in each new flower...it feels like a little victory, a plant that I didn't kill.
When I pull the weeds I can see all my little victories in full bloom.
Now if only I could pull all the weeds in my life. All the ugliness that is hiding the beauty. All the clutter that keeps me from growing. All the lies and hurts that hide the sunshine...
God is the perfect gardener. He doesn't get tired. He doesn't forget to water. He is there ever watching and waiting to nurture me. He has a beautiful plan for me and knows what I need to grow. Sometimes it means pulling some weeds.