28 He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants asked him, ‘Then do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, because if you pull up the weeds, you might uproot some of the wheat at the same time. 30 Let them both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest-time I will tell the reapers to collect the weeds first and tie them in bundles to be burned, but to gather the wheat into my barn.’”
I find sometimes I get lost in the weeds thinking my job is to identify and pull every single one...this busy task is not really my job and leads down roads of distraction, frustration and blocks the flow of unhindered love. Much like the parable of the sower my job is to prepare the soil, sow the seed, tend the fruit, watch for readiness and bring in the harvest. I cannot always prevent where the seed falls on unprepared soil, or a patch of weeds or rocks and if I focus on the places unprepared I will miss tending the fruit that is growing, needs pruning and is preparing for harvest. This often looks like focusing on trying to control responses, diverting resources to a single issue, or beginning to believe that my efforts are futile because no matter what I do there are still weeds growing with the wheat and the fruit cannot be good.
May you not get lost in the weeds! May you see the harvest that is prepared!May you not grow weary of doing good!
Galatians 6:9 (CJB)
9 So let us not grow weary of doing what is good; for if we don’t give up, we will in due time reap the harvest.