Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Matthew 13:8 (NIV)
I was out in my garden again yesterday. Whenever I’m in the garden and see the weeds poking through the soil, the Parables of the Sower and Weeds come to mind. And a song we used to sing at church, “Lord, let my heart be good soil, planted in the seed of Your Word,” runs through my head.
A few years ago I had the brilliant idea to use the hay under the rabbit hutch as mulch for the strawberries. The rabbit was finished with the hay and had added extra “fertilizer” to it, so the hay seemed the perfect mulch for the berries. However, it must have also contained grass seeds, because our strawberry bed turned into a mass of sod with a few strawberry plants poking up. So, this spring we dug up all the plants and painfully (pain for us or the plants?) pulled out all the strawberry plants, and composted the sod. We replanted the strawberries and mulched them with tree bark. Our little strawberry plants look so pretty now. But what are these occasional stems of grass I still see poking up, woven in with the plants. Sigh, I may never get rid of all the weeds.
That is how it was in the Parable of the Weeds that Jesus told. He said if He pulled up the weeds, He might pull up all the good plants, too. So, He will leave the weeds until the harvest. As I confess my sins, I ask God to get rid of the weeds in my life and help me not be a weed in this world. Lord, let my heart be good soil, planted in the seed of Your Word. And help me show Your mercy and understanding to others, as there will always be weeds in this world until You come again, Jesus.
The Parable of the Weeds
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
” ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
” ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ “ Matthew 13:24-30 (NIV)