Monday, June 1, 2020

Time to Weed the Garden

By Andrea Merrell

The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them.
but the Lord looks at the heart.

1 Samuel 16:7 NLT

Someone once said to me, “You tromped through the weeds of my life to get to the garden of my heart.” It was many years ago, but I still think about it from time to time.

We all have weeds in our life. Unwanted plants of fear, hurt, and rejection. Bitterness. Anger. A bad attitude. A critical nature. Even various forms of addiction that spring up from the seeds we’ve sown. Sometimes those weeds can be so tall we feel as if others can’t see us at all … only our weaknesses and failures.

The Lord said to Samuel, People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. In spite of our weaknesses and all the weeds in our life, God sees only the potential in each of us. He recognizes the gifts, talents, and abilities He has placed within us. He views us as His unique and special creation. He never condemns us or passes us by because of our messy life. He lets us know when it’s time to weed the garden.

God only sees the best in us. I saw the best in my friend. Maybe it’s time we start seeing ourselves ... and others ... through His eyes.

(Photo courtesy of and Alesanko R.)


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