“His disciples approached him and said, ‘Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.’” (Matthew 13:17)
I am an avid gardener, and I start day dreaming about playing in the dirt somewhere around Valentine’s Day. I look forward to the moment I can start planting with the anticipation of an abundant harvest later in the summer. It’s the in-between times that are a struggle. It’s not as easy as planting seeds and letting them grow without any work in between. After you plant, you need to water, weed and prune to make sure your plants reach their full potential. Sometimes, despite it all, you have bad seed and nothing you do works.
It’s the same with the Great Gardener. God plants the seed of goodness in all of us and tends the field with kindness, care and mercy. Despite all of God’s attempts, sometimes we fail to see the weeds in our lives — those insidious habits that we might not notice at first when they are easily eradicated. Weeds like gossip, corner cutting, laziness and over indulgence start small, but if left alone grow out of control. Sometimes you need to cut down what you think is good growth to continue to reach full potential. God knows what’s best for us despite our not always seeing it in the moment. When we are pruned, God does it to encourage us to grow.
Just as when you plant your garden, things in life can start off good but turn bitter and ugly. Some weeds are deceptively pretty but will hurt you. Others chose to not follow the Son. By weeding your garden, you choose to bask in the garden of life and in the “Sonshine.”
MATTHEW 13:36-43 ● PSALM 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13
● EXODUS 33:7-11; 34:5B-9, 28