Those Bitter Roots

Today’s guest post is from my friend, Sandy Campbell.  Sandy is an amazing Bible teacher and has such a powerful influence on those around her.  I’m honored to serve alongside Sandy and so excited that she would share today with you my reader.

digging in the dirt

It’s Spring,  Yea!! So here I am, out digging in the dirt.  Doing all those preparation things that we need to do to have beautiful flowers all spring and summer. I find some of the left-over things that I should have attended to last fall — but ran out of time.  So I’m pulling up weeds that I allowed to grow deeper and stronger.  Some are what are known as Thistles.


The flower of the thistle plant can be colorful — however they are disaster in any garden.  And if you have ever struggled against these dratted monsters, you know what I mean. The stems will prick you and some of the leaves also have little needles on them. And then there are the roots!!  That’s where I made my mistake last fall.  Instead of pulling the weed up by the root, I took the easy and quick way out and just cut them off at the ground.  They had the rest of fall and winter to branch and spread out — get a really good foot hold in the ground.  So there I was pulling, panting, straining to get the dreaded things out.  I finally had to succumb, get the trusty spade and “lopper” to dig and cut them away.  In the midst of all this toil and pain I thought of the verse in Hebrews 12:15 — the Message says it this way — “Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent.”

A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time.”  How many times have we just given a passing tug at weeds in our lives? Leaving the roots to spread and take hold.  Maybe we have ignored the weed entirely, allowing it to cast its seeds all around, affecting not only our garden but that of our neighbor.

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The root of Bitterness — that’s what I think of when I think of a thistle, because it is so hard to get rid of, if not taken care of the minute it comes up.  And it can destroy everything beautiful around it, as it spreads and kills. Pain, guilt, disappointment, they are all seeds of growing bitterness.  And we feed these seeds — “How could they have treated me that way??” We get on the phone — “Let me tell you what – – – – said to me”  –More fertilizer !! The writer of Hebrews says “Keep a sharp eye out” — “See to it” — pull those weeds NOW!!

The longer they grow, the more pain in getting them out, and the bigger the hole in our garden — Oh we can fill it up and eventually have flowers growing again — but it does take time.  Better to weed when small and “pull able”

Dear God,  show me my weeds, and where they are so deep, dig and cut so that my life’s garden will  show your beauty always.

 Question:  What are the bitter roots in your life that need to be pulled?  What consequences have you experienced by allowing those weeds to grow?

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