So I’m currently sat on a chair outside and this is my view:
I’ve been digging yet another part of the garden which we’re planning to chuck a flower seed mix on and grow as a bee friendly place. I’ve got to the bottom edge and digging it is horrendous, just full of roots that are almost impossible to get up. They’re really quite ugly and I probably haven’t got the whole root out. There’s still loads to go too.
As I was doing it this scripture kept on coming to mind (mainly the bit about the sin that so easily entangles).
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
When I was digging and trying to pull the roots and weeds up, It just kept on reminding me of sin, how entangled we can get in it, how ugly it is but doesn’t always seem it when you’re wrapped up in it, or contemplating it. Also, how the only way out is to fix our eyes on Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith. If we try to do it through willpower alone, I find it doesn’t tend to work.
Like I’ve written before, we all have ‘stuff’. It’s what you do with it that matters. Personally I want to dump it all at Jesus feet and lift my eyes to Him. It’s not easy, but I think it’s the only way.
Onwards! More roots to dig out!