I am a Christian writer and speaker. I have authored or co-authored several books and my work has also appeared in numerous publications; magazines, anthologies,and devotionals including, Focus on the Family, The Upper Room, The Secret Place, David C Cook Company, Lifeway, Celebrate Life, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and many others. Visit my website at http://harrietemichael.com
“So when the plants
came up…then the weeds appeared also.” Matthew 13:26 (ESV)
Weeds! What’s a gardener to do? Every year, I fight the
battle of the weeds in both my vegetable garden and my lawn. In the garden, I
get on my hands and knees, pulling them up by the roots and carefully putting
down ground treatments that will help control the weeds but will not kill the
produce. To treat the lawn, I put “weed and feed” granules in a rolling
dispenser and push it across the entire lawn.
Well, a few years ago I had just spent the entire day tying
to kill the newly budding dandelions in my yard. Usually, when I do this I
notice a reaction to the treatment fairly quickly. By the next day, if not
sooner, the dandelions begin to bend their heads down in a wilting motion. But
this particular year, I saw now such reaction.
I pulled my car out of the garage that morning on my way to
take my son to school, like I did every morning. At that time my son was too
young to sit in the front seat. He always sat on the passenger side of the back
seat so as to be closer to the curb when I dropped him off. That morning as I
pulled out of my driveway I noticed the dandelions still standing up right;
perky as ever. Then as I crossed the front section of my yard, I looked over my
shoulders pondering why my weed treatment from the day before had not worked.
This gave the effect of me looking back at my son in the backseat, though I
wasn’t – I was looking at the weeds. Then I murmured to myself in frustration,
“Why aren’t you dead yet!”
My son reacted in horror by exclaiming, “MOM!! WHY DID YOU
Be careful what you say. It might be misunderstood by
others! Of course, I apologized and explained to him that I was talking to the
weeds, not him…and my weeds did die in a few days.