Yeah, weeds are pretty much the worst

I hate working in the yard. I highly doubt I’m alone in this stance, but I’ve always found weeding tedious and ineffective. No matter how much work you do, it takes very little time for it all to be undone.

Yesterday I was tearing out the weeds in my front yard when Kelli came over. She pitched in to help a bit, but it was a question she asked that stuck with me. She wanted to know where the weeds come from, since we’re ripping out the roots and obviously don’t plant them.

It’s a good question. I’m sure garden experts would know the science behind weeds and why they exist, but it made me wonder. I don’t know why weeds return after we go to such great lengths to remove them; all I know is they do. We work so hard to make a beautiful garden, but without constant maintenance the weeds soon overwhelm and destroy.

Of course this shifted in my mind to thinking about other aspects of life where we see the same thing (apparently weeding is a very existential time for me). We’ve been going through some relationship curriculum along with another small group with friends, so naturally I started thinking about relationships. It’s amazing how much you can plant exclusively good things into a relationship and still find weeds sprouting up.

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Good vs. God – Jonah in today’s world

“The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.”

Obviously, these are the familiar first three verses of the Old Testament book of Jonah. The story of Jonah has always intrigued me: the story of a prophet who flees from God and in turn has the opportunity to enjoy the undersea lodgings of a large fish. We hear the story repeatedly in Sunday School as little children and often tend to gloss over it later in life because it is so familiar to us. Further, the story itself is the subject of much speculation about who Jonah actually was and the potential allegorical meanings of the book as describing the selfishness of Israel.

Without going too deep into such speculation, we can examine the character of Jonah and see exactly who he is today.

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