I was doing some gardening on a mission trip about a year ago, while working I came across a weed that was deeply rooted. I wanted to pull it and get rid of it, but it just wasn’t that simple. I could pull and pull, but I didn’t have the right tools and experience, so it did no good. There were other weeds and soil that needed to be cleared first. I couldn’t just attack the problem all at once I needed a plan and help. At one point I just did what I could at the time and said I’ll work on the weed later. No, I didn’t do exactly what I wanted, but I did make progress. I could work with the patch of land now. It was much less messy.
In life sometimes we have deeply rooted problems that we want to get rid of, but it’s just not that simple.
Later I came back to the same little patch. An older woman who has been gardening for years had totally cleared the space, and it looked great.
When we have deeply rooted problems we need to go to God- He is the “Ultimate Gardener”. He clears the nastiness out of our hearts better than anyone or anything. Through His word, His people, and His presence he gets us through difficulty and teaches us important lessons we would not have learned any other way. If the problem just goes away like we originally wanted it to we wouldn’t be nearly as strong or trusting in God’s plan. Sometimes we need the process of getting rid of the problem as much as (or more than) we actually need to get rid of the problem.