Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it -- Psalm 127:1

By bee martin
Published on LatinoLA: July 24, 2016


How do you heal a broken heart? You listen to God and you garden.

As I pulled an ivy that had surreptitiously taken over an area, growing over and smothering the jasmine, Mexican heather, and other flowers, I recalled the first time I saw this pretty blue flower. It was growing at the base of the pine tree in my backyard, and I wanted it to grow up the trunk. It would start growing nicely, and when I wasn't looking, my gardener would cut it down.

I was so pleased when it began growing in my front yard, and I watered it hoping I could get it to grow on the cement wall. I envisioned a pretty green wall with blue flowers. Instead, it began growing around, in, through, and on my other plants until they no longer flourished, and all I had was green mountains. I decided to start pulling them every morning. Fortunately, the roots were not too deep, and my other plants were not completely destroyed.

Today I learned from my gardener, that the ivy I had been nurturing was actually a weed... and so it is with sin. Sometimes there are things, people, or situations that at first seem to add beauty to our empty lives, so we actively invite and nurture them. We may even be displeased when God lovingly tries to eliminate them because He knows the truth and knows what is best for us, so we double up our efforts to keep these things thriving in our lives. Then one day, all the real beauty is dead or dying because we focused on what should not have been allowed in the first place.

Fortunately, it is never too late to remove the weeds and restore what was damaged, both literally and figuratively. Only this time listen and follow God's plan ... and you will enjoy true beauty without the heartache.

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it -- Psalm 127:1

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