I am not a gardening expert....that fact needs to be stated first in this writing. I can plant and I can water, but knowing the names of flowers, plants, trees and various other beauties leaves me in the non-knowledgeable category. I have books that I was given for Christmas at various intervals that I requested thinking maybe I would use the winter days of lesser outside activities to learn about God's beautiful creation. But no, winters have come and gone and I still can smell the newness of those books when I dare open them to peek inside.
With all that being said, Gary and I have watched as various trees and bushes we planted in our yard years ago have gotten sick and died. We've lost a burning bush that was incredibly beautiful in the fall; a Cleveland pear that once shaded a great portion of the front yard and a Lilac bush that I dearly loved. Since we have a lawn service to aid with controlling weeds, we inquired of a tree service to investigate our Cleveland pear's ailments. Unfortunately, the diagnosis was herbicides.
Now, looking up this term on the web leads one to believe that herbicides kill weeds and do not harm the vegetation. But no, here is an added statement I read:
"Contact herbicides kill only the plant parts contacted by the chemical, where-as systemic herbicides are absorbed by the roots or foliage and translocated (moved) throughout the plant. Herbicide activity can be either selective or non-selective. Selective herbicides are used to kill weeds without significant damage to desirable plants. Nonselective herbicides kill or injure all plants present if applied at an adequate rate."
Bingo! Evidently, one of the companies that serviced my lawn used, at some point, a nonselective herbicide and it went into the ground and was sucked up by the roots of these trees and adult bushes. We are currently treating one of our Dogwoods that we are hoping makes it through this chemical storm.
Remember the last story I wrote concerning the aggressiveness of my Blackeyed Susans? Well, those little babies have nothing on the aggressiveness of the nonselective chemical havoc running through my lawn! After further investigation we discovered the particular herbicide used on our lawn is no longer being used....only a Cleveland Pear, Burning Bush and Lilac too late!
Okay, what's the spiritual point? Well, I think you know where I am headed with this lesson. My Blackeyed Susans are in the process of taking over, but I saw it coming and did nothing. I knew that these flowers were mounting an uprising and bottom line, I was too lazy to get out and dig them up. But I was extremely surprised that I never knew or realized a lawn service was applying a deadly chemical on my yard that would penetrate into the root system of my yard and vegetation. To be perfectly honest, I wonder if the lawn company was completely aware of the situation. It took about two years to surface and then it was too late for some of my beauties. The unknown...a dangerous concept. In the Christian life, we are continuously needing to be a watchful child of God. We can't grow lazy and allow the world to bombard us with aggressive tactics. Nor can we sit back until we are totally surprised that a wave of deceit was being disguised in plain sight.
What is possibly in the lawn of your life that has been treated with a deadly dose of worldly chemicals? Is there an area you've become accepting of that a couple of years ago you'd never entertain being associated? Are there signs of withering leaves where initially evidence of growth existed resulting in shade for relaxation and refreshment? Does your life appear green and lush on the outside, but dark, dead and dying on the inside where only God can see and you can feel?
Deadly herbicides have wreaked havoc on my lawn, bushes and trees. I will be much more astute in the future as to what is being placed on the lawn by these companies. Watch out my friends, not only for the protection of your lawn, but for the wellness of your spiritual life. Pray that God will give you discernment to recognize the warning signs of worldly advancement.
Father God, please help us as Christians to be aware of the traps set before us on a daily basis. Give us the courage to live a life that is bold, but sincere and gracious, filled with the love of Jesus. Guard our hearts and minds with knowledge. Sprinkle our answers with sweetness, causing others to evaluate the road they are currently traveling if it is not paved with following You.
May your name be praised from this point onward. In Jesus' Name, Amen!