It's called “silt grass,” and it is relentless. The story is that it was used to pack dishes and glassware shipped to the United States from Japan, years ago. However it came, it seems to be here to stay.
One lovely spring morning, as I walked around the block, I noticed a very large clump of silt grass, in my neighbor's front yard.
“He needs to pay attention to that,” I thought, remembering a clump that large in my own yard, last year. I have been diligent since then about watching for every sprig and pulling it so that my yard would be clear of the nasty weed that threatened to take over.
What does the Bible say about pride going before a fall? As I turned into my own yard, there it was! One sprig, then another, and another, among the ivy and marigolds. My own yard, so carefully tended, was also infested with the nasty weed, since last week's rains.
As I pulled up sprig after sprig, I thought how this weed is just like sin in my life. It always shows up after a rain, just like sin creeps in after a time of blessing and celebration when we least expect trouble.
The weeds are small, tender, easily plucked, but, if not eliminated, they will soon take over the garden and kill the good plants.
Sin is like that. If we don't pluck out the tiny shoots, they multiply and soon take over the good things in our life.
As I dumped the weeds in the garbage, I remembered the worry I had taken to bed last night and found waiting for me when I awoke. Because I didn't pluck it up and give it to the Lord in prayer, it had grown overnight and was about to shatter my joy in this beautiful morning.
So it had to be done. I bowed my head there by the trash can and confessed the worry, the pride, the critical, judgmental spirit, and the resulting depression. All those weeds had to come out, be discarded into God's trash can, so I could thank Him for the beauty of a new day, the ability to bend over and pluck those weeds, and then ask forgiveness for judging my neighbor.
Last year, I thought I could just get rid of the silt grass, once and for all. That didn't happen. I worked and worked, had a bucket full of weeds, and thought the job was done. Not really. In a few weeks, I began to see the weeds creep in again—and again. When we come to faith, we think we're going to wipe sin right out of our lives, never be bothered by it again. Think again. We live in a fallen world. The tendrils of sin sneak into our lives and hearts, our thoughts and decisions. We have to be diligent to watch for them and pluck them out. I Peter 5:8-9 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
Until we walk in God's own garden, we'll have to be diligent about destroying the insidious weeds of sin, so the beauty of God's love can grow in us and be enjoyed by our neighbors.