Mar 3, 2012

saturday med.itations: Weed or a Wild-Flower

One spring when we were busy pulling the chickweed out of our pansy patch, we realized that the more care we gave those pansies, the more chickweed we nurtured! Chickweed seemed to be taking over our yard and our garden. It grew not only in the soil around and between the pansy plants but even between the individual pansy stems.

Common chickweed has a pretty little five-petaled white flower. Its graceful stems can grow upto 32 inches long, with short leaves growing along them. Unlike some of the other varieties of chickweed that prefer woodlands, meadows, swamps, and rocky areas, common thrives along roadsides, in waste places, and in gardens. If chickweed is an attractive wildflower and grows so easily, why were we pulling it up all spring to make room for the more showy pansies that are no more than hybrid descendants of wild European violets, which in turn were once considered weeds of grain fields and gardens?

When is a wildflower a wed? If it grows in the wrong place, we consider it a weed. Or if it crowds out desirable plants, we call it a weed. Should it cause runny noses and swollen eyes in some people, they would condemn it as a harmful weed. Is chickweed a weed or a wildflower?

Chickweed is an important food source for birds, prevents soil erosion on roadside banks, and makes a quick-growing no-maintenance ground cover. (Why else were local garden supply centers selling it for 79 cents a pot during the same time that we were pulling it up by the roots to get rid of it?)

We are all like weeds until Jesus gives us a purpose in life. Is it possible that we could be judging others as weeds when they are actually misplaced wildflowers? It would be hard to imagine Jesus seeing any wildflower as a weed. Does He see the potential wildflower in every weed? What do you think?

-source: Nature Quest

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