“No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, ‘First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.’” (MATTHEW 13:28-30 )
One of my many blessings is living with my wife, Kathy, on our farm north of Flandreau. On my daily commute, I enjoy watching the seasons change and the progress in the fields as farmers move from planting to harvest. Early summer is one of my favorite times as the perfectly planted fields highlight the contour of the land creating a mosaic of beautiful shapes and colors. Technology has changed the practice of cultivating those fields, but the result is the same. It is hard to find a field full of weeds today, but I can tell you from experience, it takes attention and work.
In this parable from Matthew, I think Jesus is referring to the challenges that surround us in our daily lives. Like the man who sowed good seed in his field, we are surrounded by “weeds” that test and challenge us. They are always there. The Master in this parable says, “Let them grow together until harvest,” and that is the reality we live in. While some of my neighbors might disagree with that farming practice, I think there is a great lesson we can learn from it. By cultivating the good things in our lives, we “weed out” the bad. Surrounding ourselves with others who believe and practice Avera’s mission and guiding principles, we will be gathered into our Master’s barn at harvest. God Bless you on your journey!