One year ago,we moved into our first home! Over the past year we have found a lot of things we didn’t see and tackled ones we could.
One of the first projects, other than redoing the kitchen, was a “forest” next to the garage and off our patio. See all that green on the left side of the picture? That is what happens to holly bushes that grow unchecked!
What is not seen in the picture is the ivy (at least 3 different kinds) growing up in the bushes and pine tree. We tried to figure out how to get rid of this brush. I started by spraying it with weed and broadleaf killer. That got the ivy and some of the holly to start to die. Being one of the hottest Junes in history, added to that I was 8 months (feeling 20 months) pregnant and not able to move, getting to the holly was on hold. I was counting the day till I could continue working on it. So,one month after Lil’ Bit was born, I started to tackle the bramble. I got trimmers and started to cut away. My strong hubby, helped out getting further in and down.
Looks much better doesn’t it? The stumps were trimmed down even further later on. I thought that we were pretty much done. Now a year later, I am finding something interesting. The weed killer I used on the ivy, it was supposed to kill the roots. Guess what, it didn’t, I am finding shots of the different ivy growing up in different places around my yard. I have been digging out roots the past few weeks, pulling up 3-4 foot sections at a time. All of this,because the yard wasn’t tended well for a few years.
It got me thinking about how left unattended sin can start to spread its roots out and deep into our lives that we don’t realize how deep the sin goes. It is easy to become complacent in our spiritual lives and let sin grow and take hold.
Romans 6:4 “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (NIV)
Those roots of sin if not dealt with can choke out the new life we are to have in Christ. Because of the wonderful grace of God- if we confess our sin, He is faithful to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Part of that is pulling up the weeds and dealing with the root. God is not satisfied with a top layer job of taking care of things. He wants to (ahem) get to the root of things. Let me tell ya, dealing with those old roots of sin, is hard and painful. Digging and pulling is never fun. We need to deal with the sin right away, and not let it take hold and keep us from living our new life to its fullest.