I watch things grow along the paths that are on my property. It only takes a few weeks for a cleared path to be overtaken with weeds. The image shows an example of one month’s growth of just one group of plants. If the plant is not cut, it will continue to block the path. At the same time, other weeds will begin to engulf the area. By the end of the growing season, the path would be recognizable but blocked. By the end of two years, the path would be gone. So it is with clutter in lives. Left alone, the clutter overtakes a clear path ahead so a person cannot see where they are going or even where they have been. It is even more true spiritually. Weeds blind our sight and obscure our path. Then God’s purposes get lost in the clutter, and we become unfruitful and often oblivious to what has been lost.
Consider this verse in 2 Peter 1:
4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So a word to the wise: keep weeding and cutting back things that are contrary to God. Seek to add to the qualities that God is interested in. The result will be a clear path ahead and a sensitivity to His wonderful love.