Last Sunday, we gathered together to clean a place, where we were going to move to enlarge our house church.
At a glance, we could see that the house needed to be looked after. There were so many old leaves and weeds everywhere. Strong grapevines stuck together on the walls and even on the top of the roof.
Though it seemed very difficult to clean, since it was going to be the house where our loving heavenly family members would get together, we started to clean, remembering Mother’s Teaching, “Having the mind of a master allows us to work with pleasure and ease.”
While we were pulling up weeds, cleaning the leaves and gathering the vines, a member said with a smile, “My Father is the gardener.”
At that time, I did not realize the deep meaning. I just thought, ‘Because there are many grape-vines around the house wall, he remembered the words of the Bible that Father is the vine and we are the branches.’
After cleaning around the house, we cleaned the garden that would be used for a parking lot. The trees in the broad garden were mostly withered and rotten. Weeds looked like bush, so we could not see the ground.
First of all, we cut the branches of the trees with an electric saw, and then we went into the garden to cut the weeds with shears. Then we were able to see the ground finally. After lawn and weeds were cut, we tried to pull up the roots of the weeds. Since they are very strong and spread out easily, if the roots remain in the soil, they will come out again sooner or later.
It was very hard to pull the entire root up. The roots had grown so deep inside the soil that some of them were cut at the middle of the stalks and others were not pulled up at all.
After the weeds and the lawn were cut, the garden became clean and beautiful. Though we were worried about the many roots that remained in the soil, we had to finish it and decided to get rid of them every time they came out.
While cleaning the garden that day, I thought the weeds that I found difficult to get rid of were like sins that constantly grow in my heart. Though I changed outwardly after I came to know the truth, inwardly I still have many roots of sins such as stubbornness, envy, jealousy and so on just like the strong and thick roots of the weeds deep inside the soil.
Then I realized the sacrifice of our Father and Mother who try to clean our sins day after day. And I could also understand why the member said, “My Father is the gardener.” It means that God continually looks after the fields of our hearts, and pulls the weeds up.
I cannot pull up the roots of sins deep in my heart with my own strength. So Father and Mother help me. They take no rest in order to get rid of my sinful nature that comes up frequently in the soil of my heart. Since I sometimes ignored God’s teaching and did not practice it all the time, Father Ahnsahnghong and Heavenly Mother must have labored much more. Come to think of this, I feel so sorry to Them and hang my head in shame.
From now on, I would like to practice God’s will, and become the good soil that produces beautiful fruit, not weeds.