Some Things Must Thrive Before They Can Die!

By Patrick Hawthorne


“Dying ain’t much of a living,  boy.”  The words of Clint Eastwood, from the movie “Outlaw Joesy Wales,” echoed from within the  confines of my cranium as I unloaded spray upon spray of the weed killer upon my arch enemy, bahia grass.

“Yeah weed, today’s a good day for you to die.”

For those who do not know, bahiagrass is a single stalk weed that forms a “V” shaped seed pod at the very top.  Bahaia grass, also known as Johnson grass, grows about four times faster than the surrounding grass and can make a beautiful yard look instantly overgrown and ugly.

Here is the interesting thing about the weed killer for bahaia grass that you may not know.  In order for the killer to work, it must first make the weed thrive.  That’s right!  To kill bahaia grass without killing the surrounding nice grass, you must first accelerate its growth life and make it thrive.   This premature acceleration will actually cause the weed to grow so fast that it kills itself off.

Knowing how this killer works, I was not surprised when I went to my moms house to mow her yard.  It was loaded with bahaia grass, far more than it had normally been.

Sometimes we desire God to instantly remove a problem from our lives.  We want the weed killer that kills instantly.  And, to be honest, if it were up to us, we would probably choose the weed killer that not only kills the weed but neutralizes the surrounding area so that nothing will grow in the area created by our rash decision.

Fortunately, God, being much wiser than we, will often use a solution that may seem outwardly to accelerate our negative circumstances.  By this acceleration, He is creating the solution in which the surrounding  GOOD vegetation will not only survive but will now begin to thrive.  Why?  It is because the negative or our lives is no longer stealing the nutrients needed for the good  to thrive.

The word tells us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and to not lean to our own understanding but in ALL of our ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths.  (Proverbs 3:5-6).  Although the solution to our problem may be painful, the Lord knows what is best.  He understands that sometimes the problem must thrive in order for it to die.  Be blessed.




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6 comments on “Some Things Must Thrive Before They Can Die!
  1. This was really well done, Patrick. I love your analogy with the weeds. This is very true too. Sometimes the Lord does things that look more like delicate surgery and I of course, would probably just use a sledge hammer.

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  2. SLIMJIM says:

    Wow I didn’t know that about weed killers!


  3. Mel Wild says:

    Well said, Patrick. Good analogy.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. mitchteemley says:

    A visceral and effective metaphor, Patrick. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

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