“…Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.” (Matthew 15: 13)
We don’t get to hang out with the weeds. Our lives are not allowed to be filled with unsavory, unwelcome, unlovely elements and ideas. If God didn’t specifically plant an idea, a quality, an intention, it can’t remain to spoil our garden. In Truth, anything that is not of God has no roots to begin with. It simply can’t endure the seasons without losing its appeal, potency, and life.
Mary Baker Eddy reminds us in her textbook that “sin and the fear of disease must be uprooted and cast out” (page 188). These were not planted by our heavenly Father. God didn’t bring us into His beautiful Life and then include with it something which would darken that life and make it ugly. Our loving God did not create us to live in shadows, constantly looking over our shoulder or out in the distance for the threat of a disease that could hurt or destroy us or a personality trait or tendency that would be our downfall.
These things have got to be rooted up. This is not simply our desire, it is God’s demand. Nothing which He did not design, nurture, and sanction, has any place or purpose in His Life, our Life. So don’t expect that those ugly things you may be thinking about yourself or those fears you are hanging on to can stick around. Each new season of our experience and fresh growth in thought will expose these weeds–these ugly habits, fears, and noxious beliefs about life–until they blow away or are easily pulled up because they are both obvious and rootless. Then our garden must look just like God caused it to be—immaculate, colorful, fruitful, beautiful, living and growing and glorious!
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I must take better care of my mental garden. Thank you for the incentive.
You have all the tools! I’m trying to tend to mine lovingly as well!