While weeding my flower bed, I noticed that not all weeds were the same. Some of the weeds were very easy to pull up, but others were spread out across the flower bed. They were a little harder to pull up and took more time and effort to get the whole thing along with the root. These roots were deeper in the ground. Then there were the wees with needle like thorns on them. They enter-twined with the flowers and bushes and tried to overtake them. When trying to weed these out, I noticed that the root was very deep. Sometimes it was winding pretty far away from the actual weed. So, if I just snipped the weed at the soil line, the root would still be there.
Since these little devils have thorns, it took special care to find just the right spot to hold the weed while pulling it up. Sometimes it took another special tool to stab and dig the ground to hunt for the root bulb. The root could wind around several flowers and bushes under the soil. It really meant business. It meant it was not going to die. It meant to kill out what was around it so it would thrive.
Weeds are like soul wounds. Some are pretty easy to deal with. They are pretty obvious. They’re not too deep and you can pluck them out-no problem. These are not the wounds that you think about all the time or the ones that keep you up at night. They don’t make you re-live the painful re-enactment each time you think about it. In fact, you might not think about this type of wound at all. You just know, as a Christian, you need to deal with it so you can grow in your faith.
But, then there are the wounds that have made deeper roots in your soul. These have been festering for a while and have gotten bigger over time. These wounds have affected the way to respond to certain people or to certain situations. You might not even know why something made you react a certain way. In my experience, when you react in an un-Godly way to something, there is a soul wound that has some deep roots that need to be dealt with. These are not nearly as easy to get rid of since they are deeper and have spread to other areas. Now your personality has changed all because you have neglected dealing with this wound earlier.
The really difficult wounds to get rid of has actually entangled in every area of your life and the thorns have scarred you. This wound is trying to literally kill you. It is so deep that you probably have no idea where it came from or how to find the root of it. You could be sick, or depressed, or angry, or full of hate (maybe even all of these things) and you don’t have the strength to pull it up. You keep getting stuck by the same thorns when you think you found where to grab, so you let go. It takes determination to go and get the gloves and a tool to dig for the root, instead of just clipping off what you see. Those thorns hurt! If you really want this weed gone, you must dig your feet in the ground and use your tool to expose the parts of the root that is hidden. You can then pull that root to find where the bulb is. It takes time and effort, but that root bulb is there. If you stop before you find it, then it will keep coming back. But, when you get that deep root bulb out for good, you have conquered that evil prickly weed.
The first thing you need to do to heal any soul wound is repent and forgive.
Psalm 7:12 If a person does not repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.
Matthew 6:14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.”
Colossians 2:7 “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”