WEEDS AMONG THE WHEAT
“He put another parable before them, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” (Mt 13: 24-30)
This can be so frustrating, the whole weed-situation in my own “field.” I do experience growth in God’s light, but along with the “grain” there are time and again “weeds that appear also,” and these are my personal defects and sinful patterns. But in this parable my Lord says unexpectedly: “Let both grow together until the harvest,” because rooting up the weeds may actually cause damage to my “wheat.” In other words, 1. In God’s wisdom, He sometimes wills us to live with our “weeds”; 2. In some way that only God understands, my particular “wheat” is better off growing with my “weeds,” rather than having them uprooted.
So today, on the one hand, I recognize God’s power to remove my “weeds,” and humbly ask Him to do so. But I also leave the When and How of this weed-removal in His hands. Because He knows what He’s doing, both with my good and my bad. Glory be to Him.