This flower bed that should have had four rows of three different varieties of baby zinnia plants poking their heads through the ground when I returned from our trip…didn’t. More than half of the vegetation was weeds, the few little zinnia sprouts were struggling, and the ground was as dry as sand. You may recall from Observation #1 that the only thriving zinnia was in the onions, in the vegetable garden on the other side of the fence.
So I pulled all the weeds, then I bought a few already established zinnias in pots and set them out among the dry, wilted, pathetic little flower sprouts–a little encouragement by example, you know. ;-D Then I hauled out the hose and set the sprinkler to R..A..I..N for several hours, twice. Today–just three or four days later, this is what it looks like! See the little plastic store tag in the left photo? That brave little model I bought and planted in the middle of the garden is BLOOMING–what an example for the others! ;-D
Sometimes when we’re floundering a little, we need to figure out which things are the flowers in our lives and which things are the weeds. Then we need to get rid of the weeds, even if they appear to be bigger, stronger, and more attractive than those timid little flowers that aren’t even big enough to bloom yet. They may be just filling up space now, but they will take over if left unattended. Encourage the flowers with some good role models and lots of water of the Word, and the sunshine of care and attention. It might not be long at all before those flowers are just reaching toward heaven on their own, and popping out new leaves and buds all over the place!
Please Like if you like, and please reply. Can you think of any weeds you’re tempted tolerate in YOUR garden? Who is your “flowering example” that encourages you to bloom?