Leaving The Weeds
Spring is in a full-on vault, in my neighborhood, and the weeds are as excited to pop up as the intended plantings. When I look out the back window, a sea of grape hyacinth runs the full border of the lawn. Here and there tulips breakthrough the violet expanse with their complementary pinks, yellows and snowy whites. From a distance the garden is idyllic, but when I go out in it, I see the uninvited and noxious growths in amongst my delightful flowers.
Pulling up the weeds, the soft soil gives way, but the roots are entangled with the flowers and the wanted comes out with the unwanted.
This reminds me of a parable Jesus told to talk about life with God. In Matthew 13:24-30 (GNT) Jesus says this:
The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field. One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. When the plants grew and the heads of grain began to form, then the weeds showed up.
The man's servants came to him and said, “Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field; where did the weeds come from?”
"It was some enemy who did this,” he answered. "Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?” they asked him.
"No,” he answered, "because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them. Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest. Then I will tell the harvest workers to pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them, and then to gather in the wheat and put it in my barn.”
This passage is a favorite of mine because it reminds me to remain in a place of humility when it comes to how I interact with others. I don’t need to destroy people who plant themselves in my space and become invasive. Doing so might pull up the sweet tendrils of my own spirit, backfiring against God’s good intent for my life. Anger and revenge do that kind of thing.
We have a God who has promised to fairly treat all people via His perfect judgement and in His right time. And because of that, we can relax in His hands while we enjoy His creation.
Sharon has been writing and teaching biblically based curriculum, Bible studies, and devotionals since 2007.
She has had the unique position of writing curriculum and teaching for two private, Christ-based, residential recovery programs. Both programs primarily served women in the homeless community.
Sharon has traveled multiple times to Kenya, serving on medical teams and teaching in the rural Maasai communities. She’s been privileged to speak in Leadership camps intended on encouraging and empowering the impoverished, underprivileged, and often abused young women.
Within these ministries, Sharon has witnessed the transformative power of loving words spoken to the broken-hearted. Sharing God’s love and witnessing its transformative power has become her passion.
Sharon and her husband, divide their time between Oregon and Hawaii. They have two grown children.
Currently, Sharon is encouraging others via her inspirational blog, but prefers sharing face to face. Additionally, she is working towards a degree in Ministry.
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