Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
When my daughter was young, I often had scads of dandelion
bouquets on the table. We didn’t use weed killer, since I didn’t want to expose
my daughter to the chemicals, and our lawn was a canvas of yellow polka dots on
a green background. Day after day, she would come into the house after
playtime, clutching as many dandelions as her little hands could hold. I took
them with a smile, put them in a vase, and proudly displayed them. I encouraged
her to pick those bright yellow flowers from our lawn whenever she saw them.
Yes, I enjoyed seeing her face beam as she handed me her
No, I never told her they were really weeds.
And yes, I did feel a bit guilty encouraging her to clean
the yard of blooms. After, all, no yellow dandelions dotting the grass meant a
yard that at least looked weed-free. And if by some miracle she managed to pick
a billion dandelions before they went to seed, I might actually have a
Or maybe not.
I knew there was no way my little weed picker would ever be
able to rid the lawn of dandelions. Yet I kept encouraging her to pick those
Are you saying, “Oh, you bad mommy!” yet?
Before you do, consider this: The way I used my unsuspecting
daughter to weed the lawn, is often the way we weed our lives. We pluck the
tops off of our sins, effectively hiding them from the world and fooling
ourselves into thinking we’re cleaning up our life. And all the while, the weed
roots just grow deeper because we haven’t taken the time to root out the bad
stuff that lies below ground.
Luke 12:22 says “There is nothing covered that shall not be
revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.”
We can keep plucking the heads of our sins so they aren’t
visible to the world, but the Lord can still see them all. So, which will you
choose?A vase full of dandelions with
the potential for even more deeply rooted ones to grow? Or would you rather
dig out as many as you can from the stubborn soil? The latter is the
more effective, and more long lasting, way to have a clean lawn … and a clean