Beauty in Disguise

This week you may have noticed purple weeds like the ones shown above, that have suddenly taken over entire fields.  During my afternoon walk today, I caught myself being drawn into the beautiful scenery, smiling with each step.  After thinking to myself “how could something so pretty and appealing be a weed?”…I crouched down to take a few up-close pictures.  Changing my perspective allowed me to see the weed for what it really was, instead of what it was disguising to be.  This beautiful flower-like plant was using it’s beauty to fool me.  In reality, this weed will choke desirable plants and crops, preventing them from growing and producing a crop.

Mark 4:18-20 suddenly entered my mind, as it was included in my Bible study this week. “Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

We encounter “weeds” in our daily life that try to deceive us, using their beauty as a disguise.  What worries or desires of life are you combatting today that are preventing you from being fruitful?

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