I’m not sure what to make of this…

A weed is growing in the gutter over my deck.

I don’t know why I happened to glance that direction… under normal circumstances I would have never seen it.

Now I know what you’re thinking:  My rain gutters are clean and clear!  No way there’s enough dirt on my roof to grow things!

Well… good for you.  Evidently my gutters are full.

There’s enough dirt in the corners of our lives.

Where my brain goes today is that even though we don’t see it, there’s enough dirt in the corners of our lives for uninvited things to grow… and a lot of times they turn out to be weeds.  In this particular case, it’s a thistle.  I hate those guys!  They’re thorny and spray-resistant and just generally a pain in the backside.  They’re difficult enough when they grow in the garden… but now on the roof?

And yet they teach a valuable lesson… when life wants to grow it will find a place.

Weeds Among Wheat

Usually I am Johnny-on-the-spot to pull up the weeds… until I remember the parable…

The Parable of the Weeds

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.  But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.  When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.  The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters:  First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’

Matthew 13:24-30

Who among us wants to be weeds and who the wheat?

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About Elaine Menardi

Heading off on a new adventure! I solve problems and make ideas happen.

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