I grew up on a farm where we had seasons of sowing, spraying, and harvest. Every year, like clockwork, these seasons came. From about April to October my Dad was (and still is) very busy with prepping, working in the field, and then taking off the crop that he’s worked and prepared for all year.
Usually around July is when Dad will go spraying. The seed has started to grow, but along with it are weeds. In order to prevent the weeds from choking out the seed growth for which every farmer strives for, Dad will use a spray that kills the weeds, but not the seed. Thus, at harvest time, he’s left with wheat, canola, or whatever he planted.
In Matthew 13 Jesus is talking to the people in parables about sowing, reaping, and weeds. In Matthew 13:24-30 Jesus tells the story of a farmer who planted good seed, but then an enemy came and planted weeds. His workers questioned this, and asked if the farmer wanted them to go pull up the weeds. But he said no. “No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest…” At harvest time, he would tell his reapers to bind up the weeds and burn them, and then harvest his crop.
His ultimate concern was not the comfort of the wheat, but of the harvest; the end result.
To be honest, I don’t even fully know WHY it stood out to me, but that I can relate to the feeling of something dying and something growing at the same time in my life. Old habits or thinking processes dying a slooooooow death while at the same time new habits, thinking, and believing are growing. Would it be easier if the Lord just wiped out the weeds so that the seeds could shine through? Sure.
Why do certain stresses in relationships, circumstances, emotions, and so forth, linger when we clearly have sown good seeds? Perhaps there’s a greater harvest that’s being cultivated. Coming. A greater harvest in letting the weeds fester, because it causes greater growth in the end than if it were all uprooted at once. God is the Lord of the harvest (Matthew 9:38), and He knows when to uproot and burn those weeds, and when to let the harvest grow.
In a couple weeks, my Dad will begin the journey of harvest. And I am going to try to let it be a reminder that God knows when to harvest in my life, when to completely uproot those nasty weeds, and how to cause growth. Ultimately, through it all, I hope that I learn more of Him.
Happy Monday ya’ll!