The term “in the weeds” refers to having more to do than time to do it. It carries the idea of being overwhelmed, stressed and very busy… usually with no end in sight. We have felt “in the weeds” often during these last few months.
It’s in those in-the-weeds moments, that our Heavenly Father stoops down to remind us of His love.
Psalm 103:13-14 – “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.”
We were reminded of this the other day, when one of the things on our ever-increasing to-do list was to weed the area in front of our rented building. It was hard to find time, but finally we were able to make it down one afternoon. As we tended to the area directly in front of our own building, the Lord prompted our hearts to take care of the neighboring businesses as well. We are privileged to be next to some great business owners — a couple salons, a dentist, and pro-life pregnancy center.
As we worked in front of the Pro-life Pregnancy Center, we noticed a group of women frantically huddled in the front of their building. We could tell they were very engrossed in an intense conversation. We simply kept working, and didn’t engage them in conversation, since we could tell they were dealing with something very urgent. We spent the time in silent prayer for the center and for the families they are able to serve in such an amazing way.
A few weeks later, as I talked to the Pregnancy Center’s director, she mentioned seeing us out front, down on our hands and knees, pulling weeds. She explained that Planned Parenthood had organized a national protest against pro-life agencies. Planned Parenthood had chosen this particular center to protest in Cincinnati. In just an hour or two after we were there, the local news would be covering the protest at their front door. The director looked at us, with a glimmer in her eye, and said, “When I saw you out there, pulling weeds in front of our building, it was as if God whispered to her saying, ‘I’m looking for you. It’s all going to be alright.'”
This was just another reminder that God is constantly working – even in the mundane. In the midst of the chaos, God faithfully works… even among the weeds.