Letter from the Vicarage
I am no gardener. Several years ago, when the garden needed its autumn clearing before winter set in, I was simply too busy. I did not realise the consequence, for the next spring I had a garden full of dandelions. It seemed that, not only had they comfortably bedded themselves in but they had invited their friends and neighbours to join them. The result of my negligence was a back-breaking, time-consuming and almost impossible job that spring.
I am not sure of the ‘official’ way of deciding whether something is a weed or a flower, but there are 2 things I have discovered about weeds - they have incredibly long roots and they grow faster than ordinary plants, quickly squeeze out anything that stands in their way.
Isn’t that true of our lives too? Most of us are conscious that we are a mixture of the good things we can say and do and the bad habits and old ways that take a long time to root out.The Christian belief is that there is a God who specialises in weed control. He wants us to be more like his Son, Jesus, but the weeds will only be rooted out if we give him permission to work on them. And he doesn’t promise it will be easy.
Perhaps that is what Lent is all about – an opportunity to look at the weeds in our lives and ask God to begin to deal with them.