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Water Hyacinth

...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Heb 12:1)

Recently we attended a motor-home rally at Hartebeespoort Dam. There is a big ecological problem with water hyacinth which is threatening to overgrow the dam. The plants float about on the water clumped in little islands and depending on the wind we could see either clear water and free passage to boats or a mass of green carpet.

We watched as the islands clumped together

It reminded me of the sin that so easily entangles. The wind was not noticeable but gradually the area in front of us got covered. It seemed to take no effort.

Actually, the vista was quite attractive. It looked like a lush green meadow. There were even occasionally sprinklings of water hyacinth flowers.

Sin is like that too. It doesn’t necessarily look evil. Sometimes it can look rather nice. It just seems to accumulate naturally.

However, the water hyacinth is preventing the dam from serving its purpose as a dam. In the same way, entangled sin prevents us from becoming who God intended us to be.

Paul says we must throw off the sin that so easily entangles. Easier said than done.

We need the help of God. If we ask Him, He will show us what is hindering and entangling us and enable us to throw it off and run the race laid out for us. It might take some time but it is a process.

My Prayer: Father God, please show me what is clogging up my life and preventing me from fulfilling your true purpose for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.