“Dandelions at the Parsonage”

08/08/2015
According to our calendars the season of spring has arrived. Actually we are closer to summer than we are to spring as summer arrives on the twenty first of June. It seems to me that we’ve been watching a slow painful birth of spring with the cold temperatures. Now, I’m not complaining, I’m only offering an observation and you can take it for what it’s worth. After all, I’m a Minnesotan don’t you know.
I have to say, though, with the slow arrival of spring we have the blessing of seeing intense green colors all throughout the Gallatin valley. I love the way the lawns are so lush and I rejoice in the morning when I get up to see the leaves on the trees becoming fuller each day.
I love a nice green well-groomed lawn. So you can imagine what it was like this spring when the lawn at the parsonage sported the presence of those yellow prairie daisies(dandelions) in a greater number than last year. I guess that wouldn’t have been all that bad except with the rainy weather I was not able to get a jump on containing their growth. Our lawn was like a jungle with puffy dandelions serving as the canopy plant.  
Not long after my initial treatment weed spray I noticed that there were already some of the dandelions that were growing back. I wondered why it was that these things were so hard to kill, so I googled my question. As it turns out, the reason that dandelions are so hard to kill is because they grow from the root. You can often kill the evidence of the plant on the surface but if you want to get rid of them you need to kill the roots. But if you want to kill the roots, you need to get the ‘right stuff’ to take care of the problem. 
Armed with this knowledge I went to the weed killer store to get the ‘right stuff’. Amazing to me was that almost every product that lined the shelves (and there was a lot of them) claimed that they could definitely rid your lawn of dandelions and a multitude of other weeds.  With the purchase and application of the ‘right stuff’ things are looking pretty good at 402 W Villard…for now anyway.
As I was going through this entire process I was reminded how much my life resembles the weed problem at the parsonage. My life is continually populated with my sins. Sometimes they are more prolific than others, but they are there nonetheless. Sometimes I try to take care of those sins with the application of will power and camouflage. The problem is that like the dandelion they keep coming back and making my life all weedy.
What I need to do is to kill the root of my sin, not just the outward appearance of it. But I also need the right stuff to do the killing. The right stuff doesn’t come from the outside where the weeds are evident, it comes from the inside where the roots grow deep, and the right stuff is the blood of Jesus. It is the only thing that can kill the root of my sin and get rid of my guilt and shame. 
I was reminded of this when I read Zechariah 3:9.  
“See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! l  There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.”
Glorious is the reality that in a single day on that first Good Friday God did remove our sin from us so that we can look forward to its completion of the day of Jesus return.
Until the new creation comes about, I guess I’ll just keep spraying the dandelions in my life with the grace of God and the blood of Christ. How about You?

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