Thinking It Through
The rain stopped.
We stood at the top of the hill, in our wet and worn work clothes, surveying the field of wheat.
The sun broke through the fluffy gray clouds, warming us. The air was heavy. We wheezed as we inhaled.
My heart hurt as I scanned my crop—healthy weeds poked up everywhere. I felt ruined. What could I do?
How would I protect my young wheat?
“This is the devil’s work,” said my hired man, Eli, wiping sweat from his brow.
I didn’t disagree. “So whadda ya think, what do we do, pull up the weeds?”
Eli scratched his chin and asked, “What if that harms the wheat?”
“Um, yeah what if …” I hesitated. “You might be right.”
Eli continued, “Maybe the best thing to do is to leave the weeds to grow with the wheat. Then at harvest we’ll first gather the weeds and get rid of them,”
I pondered whether the weeds had any value at all?
Initially it didn’t seem like they did. The weeds just interfered with the wheat, didn’t they? However, what if the weeds were somehow useful to the process? Could the weeds make the wheat better, stronger, more determined?
I said, “Okay, let’s do that.”
What are the facts?
Here are the Matthew 13:24-30 facts:
- good seeds were scattered in the field.
- while everyone slept an enemy came to spread weed seed.
- As the wheat ripened the weeds were detected.
- The dilemma: what to do about the weeds? Pull them or leave them?
- The weeds were left to grow with the wheat.
- Then the plan at harvest was to bundle and burn the weeds.
- Afterward the wheat is successfully collected and preserved.
Sorting It Out
- Can good (wheat) and evil (weeds) coexist?
- Is one useful to the other?
- Do they need each other?
Perhaps weeds serve a purpose.
Maybe the best security for the wheat is to not eliminate the weeds.
Try sitting in the silence and reflect on your state of affairs. What does Jesus desire to do in your situation? Is it really possible to preserve the wheat by temporarily suspending destruction of the weeds?
It’s a dilemma isn’t it?
But Jesus is an astute farmer.
You can trust him.
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