A preacher was driving down a country road when he came upon the most scenic farm he’d ever seen (in over a lifetime travelling rural roads). He could only compare it to a beautiful painting. Now, it was by no means a new farm, but the house and the buildings were well constructed, in perfect repair and all totally painted. A garden around the house was filled with colourful flowers and trimmed shrubs. A fine row of trees lined each side of the white gravel drive. The fields were beautifully tilled, and a fine herd of fat dairy cattle grazed knee-deep in the pasture. The site was so arresting that the preacher had to stop to take it all in. (He had been raised on a farm himself, so he knew a great one when he saw it.) It was then that he noticed the farmer, hard at work on a tractor, approaching the place where the preacher stood beside his car. When the farmer got closer, the preacher hailed him. The farmer stopped the tractor, idled down the engine, and then shouted a friendly, “Hello!” The preacher said to him, “My good man, God has certainly blessed you with a magnificent farm.” There was a pause as the farmer took off his cap and shifted in the tractor seat to take a view of his pride and joy. He then looked at the preacher and said, “Yes, He has, and we’re grateful. But you should have seen this place when God had it all to Himself!”
The Bible says in Genesis 1:11,12 – And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
So if all the green on earth was good, does this good include weeds as well? Creation scientists say yes. There are two reasons why:
Protection – If you see a patch of soil that is bare, that’s not good for a couple of reasons. One is the sun. It will bake the dirt, killing the tiny creatures that live within in it and throwing the ecological balance off. The other is the rain. It will wash away the dirt, taking with it important minerals and nutrients. So weeds were designed by God to grow wide and fast, serving as both the protector, and repairer of the soil.
Provision – When it is time to plant things like crops and flowers, it is the weeds that have helped to ensure a good, ready soil. And many weeds themselves can be consumed as food or used as medicine. For instance, dandelions were actually brought to North America by the Mayflower Pilgrims as a vegetable with the whole plant (leaves, roots, flowers and stem) eaten.
Thus when God told Adam to tend Eden’s Garden (Gen. 2:15), weeds would be present. They just weren’t the kind that made you sweat pulling them out or grumble when pricked by thorns or thistles. And remember, weeds do have a glorious redemptive future (Rev. 22:3) when the Adamic curse is removed.
The bottom line? So this spring, repeat, “Weeds are our friends, weeds are our friends, weeds are our friends…” It won’t change having to pull them out, but it just might get your mind off of your aching back.
GARDEN SIGNS & GARDEN SAYINGS
● Weeds for sale. Pick you own … ● Gardeners. They know all the dirt … ● Okay, so it’s not the Garden of Eden, but it’s my little paradise … ● Weed it and reap … ● Do you gardener, take this garden, to weed from this day forth? … ● Garden of Weeden … ● I fought the lawn and the lawn won … ● Gardeners spend all day in their bed … ● They are exotic herbs (they just look like weeds) … ● To weed or not to weed? That is the garden! … ● Tried, but it died … ● Here’s to the girls covered in soil instead of glitter … ● Gardening begins with daybreak and ends with backache … ● Gardening. It’s cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes! … ● If a man is alone in the garden and he speaks; and there is no woman to hear him, is he still wrong? … ● Gardening. It comes in handy when you need a place to bury the bodies … ● Going to do some gardening today. Going to plant myself on the couch … ● A man should never plant a garden larger than his wife can take care of … ● I like gardening. It reminds me of my childhood. Only now, my mother can’t yell at me for playing in the dirt … ● A cauliflower is a cabbage with a college education … ● Growth takes time. Be patient. And while you are waiting, pull a weed … ● I take weeks growing a flower and a weed pops up in one day … ● A garden requires lots of water, most of it in the form of perspiration … ● I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck … ● A good gardener always plants three seeds: one for the bugs, one for the weather and one for themselves … ● A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows … ● I always thought a yard was three feet, then I started mowing the lawn.