Of course, there were the thorny weeds of worldly pressures and goods, insufficient time for prayer, crises of one sort or another, etc that increasingly became our responsibility to handle. Through their example my parents provided us a solid foundation of trust in God. When there is a crisis in my life, I find myself relying on God to get me through. It is difficult for me to imagine how I would get through without having that faith in God’s love and support to help me survive and grow in those really tough times. It is more difficult for me to avoid the everyday thorny weeds of complacency, irritability, insecurity, self-centeredness, being judgmental, etc. These are the insidious weeds in my life that are an ongoing threat to my ability to bear fruit for God’s kingdom. God’s hand is there to comfort, support and lead me through the thorny weeds and I pray for his patience when I let go and wander on my own.
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