Weeding is no one’s favorite thing to do. Just as soon as you step back to survey all the hard work you have done, a new weed has popped up. If you don’t keep up with a regular routine of pulling weeds they will take over. Weeds are a curse from God. However they are also proof of His faithful loving kindness.
The main point of the Bible is that God loves us. From the fact that He created people in the first place and gave us free will, to the fact that He gave up is Son to take our eternal punishment shows that God loves us. There are many verses, stories, and passages that tell about Gods love. Also we read that He gives good things to those that love Him. Just like any lover or loving parent who give gifts to the ones they love. If you were to sum up the Bible in three words it would be “God is Love.”
Adam and Eve were placed in a garden. A garden is organized and has a purpose, otherwise it is called a wilderness, forest, woodland or what have you. It was perfect. It was made with perfect love, and the two lived there in perfect happiness and love, walking and talking with God Himself. Until the snake came around and they sinned. They were sent out of the Garden and God put a curse on the snake, Eve, Adam and the ground. Adam was going to have to clear wild ground to plant food, he was going to have to dig and pull weeds until his dying days. But it is not a bleak as it sounds at first. It was like a father sending his son to his room for the whole day and would miss all the meals, then later the father brings him a plate of food. The father knows the boy needs to be punished but he still wants to show the boy that he loves him. Same with God. God knew Adam would sin and that the ground was going to be cursed with weeds so God created the weeds with various health and nutritious benefits.
For example: California poppy (Eschscholzia calironica) is a common weed on the West Coast but it is also cultivated for dry sunny gardens. The whole plant is used as medicine for nervous tension, anxiety, insomnia, incontinence in children, pain and muscle spasms. Taraxacum officinale leaves are picked in early spring and used in salads. The whole plant is used as a laxative, diuretic, to stimulate the liver and it improves digestion, it is commonly called a dandelion. Cowslip is used for bronchitis, asthma, arthritis, insomnia, headache and restlessness. Plantain is widely naturalized and is used for a long list of medicinal purposes including: for bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory problems, digestive problems, for wounds, bruises, and bug bites. *
So next time you are in your garden pulling weeds remember Adam and Eve and remember that the pesky weed in your hand probably has some kind of health or nutritional value and especially remember that God loves you and provides good things for you.
* Brown, Deni. The Herb Society of America New Encyclopedia of Herbs and Their Uses. Dorling Kindersley Limited, New York, 2001