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Monday, August 9, 2010

It's that time of the year (part 2)

For part 1 go here

With all the changes the last year has brought I have been reflecting a lot on seasons. Have you ever had a time when it seemed like every book you picked up, sermon you heard, or serious conversation you had revolved around the same theme? I have found myself even doing outdoor chores reflecting on the Biblical references to nature.

Matthew 13 in part contains the parable by Jesus about weeds. The parable talks about an enemy planting weeds in a farmer's field and how he deals with the results. The parable is explained by Jesus in verses 36-43:

36Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."

37He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

40"As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

A few weeks back this summer I was pulling weeds from my flower bed. It's not a large bed, maybe 12 inches wide and 15 ft long. I went out to asses the project and at first glance saw just a few weeds. I grabbed a grocery bag and began pulling. As I pulled I noticed a few things:

1) Some of the weeds were way deeper then I first thought with really long roots.

2) Some of the weeds were hidden and only discovered upon closer inspection.

3) Some of the weeds were really, really hard to pull out.

Isn't that true of our own lives? When we first start to think about flaws we only see a few and we think, those are no big deal, they are small and easy to get rid of. After we start to focus on those areas they can become consuming, overwhelming, and defeating.

After a few minutes it became apparent that my quick pruning was going to take a little longer then I first thought. I was starting to sweat and even wished I had taken the time to find my gardening gloves.

When I finally finished my task the flower bed looked great. I hadn't even noticed how over run it was looking and was actually surprised at how much better it looked. I was also surprised to see not one but three bags of weeds to throw out. What a sense of accomplishment!

Shortly after we left for a 2 week vacation...

1 comment:

  1. Great analogy, Beth! I love those moments when we see capital T truth in our mundane everyday moments. So many of the weeds in our hearts have deep roots, or are hidden until we remove some other weeds, or take really a lot more work to pull out completely. But isn't seeing the completed garden a good reminder of how worth it doing all that work is in our lives?!