Scripture: Matt 13:24-30
Key verse: (30) Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.
Reflection: Beautiful herbs can be purchased already full and abundant at almost any store. I prefer to get the packs of seeds and watch my herb garden develop. We watch, water and weed. The seeds have to grow themselves from the start, right out of the ground growing fast and tall. The weeds come up right with them, thriving.
Leave them, Jesus says, because in pulling out the weeds you will pull out the wheat as well. Wait for the harvest, and then the wheat will be gathered into barns and the weeds will be separated out.
This is not what I do in my garden, because of how it looks and the fact that the weeds might end up in my favorite dishes. I like to look out of my window and see everything neat and in its place. Leaving the weeds is impossible.
Jesus, I am sure, is uninterested in the tiny herb garden I work so hard to grow every spring. But I believe Jesus along with our Creator care a great deal about the weeds that consume our everyday lives. We are so focused on the weeds and making everything look presentable. Jesus cares about the harvest of joy and peace, to be grown and shared among all.
What are we growing? What seeds have we tenderly planted and are cultivating? Are we concerned about how our garden looks or about the harvest?
Prayer: God, give me willingness to let go of my need to be perfect and savor all that is growing up around me. Help me be present with loved ones and not absorbed in tasks. Help me be present with you, finding a sabbath moment in this day. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].