36Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”37He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.41The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
A few weeks back this summer I was pulling weeds from my flower bed. It’s not a large bed, maybe 12 inches wide and 15 ft long. I went out to assess the project, and at first, glance saw just a few weeds. I grabbed a grocery bag and began pulling. As I pulled I noticed a few things:
1) Some of the weeds were way deeper than I first thought with really long roots.
2) Some of the weeds were hidden and only discovered upon closer inspection.
3) Some of the weeds were really, really hard to pull out.
Isn’t that true of our own lives? When we first start to think about flaws we only see a few, and we think, those are no big deal, they are small and easy to get rid of. After we start to focus on those areas they can become consuming, overwhelming, and defeating.
After a few minutes it became apparent that my quick pruning was going to take a little longer than I first thought. I was starting to sweat and even wished I had taken the time to find my gardening gloves.
When I finally finished my task, the flower bed looked great. I hadn’t even noticed how over run it was looking and was actually surprised at how much better it looked. I was also surprised to see not one but three bags of weeds to throw out. What a sense of accomplishment!