Thursday, January 14, 2010

In the weeds

My husband has this phrase he uses at work when they're really busy, He says they're "in the weeds." I've never understood it. He's tried explaining it.

I read Matthew 13:24-29 tonight and it's about weeds. I've read this verse before and never really got this meaning from it. I think it's kind of cool.

Here are the verses:

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 together to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.' "

I know this is referring to when Christ returns and takes believers back with Him, but I got a whole new meaning from reading it tonight.

Could "weeds" maybe be the trials and struggles we have in life? Have you ever heard the phrase 'those things that don't kill us make us stronger'? Maybe it's along those lines. If God were to remove every obstacle from our paths we wouldn't be shaped and refined. We wouldn't have to build character and strength and endurance. We would be...spoiled. I get the most satisfaction out of things that I work really hard for and attain. The things that are handed to me don't hold quite the same value. (I still appreciate them,  but not to the same degree.)

I also think it's interesting that the weeds did not come from God, but the enemy. So those obstacles we face are not necessarily from God, but allowed by Him. Hmmm...

So...maybe God allows our weeds (whatever that may be for each of us) to sift out those who are tough enough to endure and persevere to the end.

Very deep and philosophical, grasshopper.

If you were looking for humor, sorry...I have my thinking cap on tonight!

1 comment:

  1. Mandy,

    This topic of weeds has come across my path, no pun intended, a lot lately. My thought was in unison with yours, if God does not allow for some weeds, how shall he strengthen us? I have always appreciated Beth Moore's reference to the sifting that God allowed in the life of his followers. It is a type of pruning, cutting back the bad stuff to make room for the beautiful blossom or delicious fruit. Great observation. Did it help you to understand Joe's saying?


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