Weed or Flower?

So many beauties blooming across the prairie, are they weed or flower?

I have loved Kansas Wildflowers since at least fourth grade. Mrs. Swisher led the class through picking, identifying and drying wildflowers of Kansas. By the conclusion of the unit study, each student had a book of dried wildflowers to take home. Many, many years later, I can still identify some of those flowers.

ANNUAL ERIOGONUM

CAMPHOR WEED

My favorite bouquet is one that is handpicked either from my garden, the pasture or road ditch. Although Mrs. Swisher never referred to them as weeds, my farmer hubby would have a conniption if I were to purposely plant them in my flower beds. Though adding beautiful color to the landscape many are obnoxious and even noxious. They can crowd out the grass or growing crop, make animals sick and are difficult to control.

These weeds have a similar effect as temptation and sin. When we are tempted, the temptation is often pleasing to the eye. However, once we give into the temptation, sin begins to reveal its ugliness. If we let that sin take root it will spread into other areas of our life, crowding out our desire to follow the example Jesus set for us.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. 1 Peter 5:8, 9a NLT

Don’t be deceived; keep the weeds out of the flowers.

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