In the spring as I worked the soil the air was full of animated bird chatter and fresh winds slipping by the leaves. Through the early summer weeks my ears picked up the tree frogs’ songs, the soft shifting of hot wind through the vibrant green, and a more muted bird song. Now with my head down I am lulled into such peace by the consistent hum of the Cicadas, sweet chirping of the crickets, the rustle of green turning brown, and the foretelling call of the Canada goose as it flies over head.
A sigh escapes through my smiling lips. It’s perfect.
It doesn’t even matter that the weeds have taken over. It’s the season. In the spring I have my hoe, the tiller, and my kids and we work to keep the weeds at bay. In early summer the garden still is for the most part weed free, but by late summer I have learned to surrender the battle. I can’t preserve, teach school to my children, and keep the garden in a pristine manner.
So the weeds win.
The other day I laughed as I picked corn because there were weeds up to my shoulder. In years past I wouldn’t have laughed. There would have been frustration at the mess and my lack of time to take care of it. But, thank you Lord, I am learning! Those weeds instead of bringing me angst brought me laughter.
How true this can be of our daily lives.
The enemy likes nothing more than to trip us up, to grow weeds within us that are chin high. He’s got his own set of weeds; tall, tangling things he attempts to lash around us so that our fruitfulness is lessoned; in these moments we have a choice.
We can surrender to angst and defeat or we can throw them far from us, laugh and fight back with a fruit of the spirit.
I am learning that when I am irritated I have a choice. When I am angry, frustrated, sad, defeated… I can choose to go under or I can choose to fight back with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, or self control.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23a
It’s phenomenal how the Holy Spirit works when I allow Him, too!
I think today I'll be grabbing up some juicy fruit, taking aim, and firing. With God on my side I know they will hit the target and splatter with success.
Nastiness doesn't stand a chance!