Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Wheat and the Tares
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed atares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to cburn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
The “tares” that are present in all of our lives are allowed to grow up among our “wheat” because it is a proving ground. Will we, despite the opposition that is inherent in all of our lives, grow and develop into the people God knows we are. Heavenly Father already knows how we will respond, for He is omniscient, so the test is not to “show Him” how we will respond, it is for us to become who He already knows we are.
Yesterday was a brilliant example of the unbelievable good that can happen in this life. The doorbell rang and there stood Jeany and Gavin Campbell. Gavin looked a little shy…in opposition to Jeany’s obvious pride for her twelve year old son. In his hands he held a Ziploc bag full of money and would have been perfectly happy just to hand it to me and run, but in my dumbfoundedness I eked out, “How did you do this?”
Gavin put the bag into my hands and much like my reaction to the Taxol, I felt my heart pounding out of my chest and I could not breathe. I could not believe that he had used his life and resources to make life better for me. I was completely incapable of expressing my sincere gratitude; I was so overwhelmed by the act itself that I just simply said, “Thank you!” and closed the door with my heart full of love.
I was shocked! Just like the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, I know these kids have negative things in their midst that they could be choosing. They could be fulfilling their own wishes or worse destroying the well-being of another…and some do… but they didn’t! They chose to do something truly wonderful! They used their light to brighten the way for another. I can really appreciate that the “tares” in their lives were quieted by the power of their “wheat” and isn’t that the rub…What will we do when faced with life defining circumstances? I am thankful for the powerful lesson from a sweet and unassuming twelve year old (Matthew 5:14-16).
Heavenly Father loves us and knows that this life can at times be quite difficult, so just like Lisa prepared me for the reaction to the Taxol, He has prepared us by helping us to recognize the spirit in our lives. When something is good and positive we can recognize it:
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance…
Once we are able to recognize the good and positive things in our lives, the “tares” are no so scary anymore.
Love to you all,
‘Mom’s Heart’ moment: On Saturday morning we had a late start and everyone was just sort of dragging their feet and not super motivated to get ready. I jumped in the shower and asked Eli to go and get himself dressed. I finished with the shower and was trying to cover some of my new wrinkles when the doorbell rang. I heard rustling at the door and with excitement Eli let our guests in…HE WAS COMPLETELY NAKED! I guess he had missed the prompt to get himself dressed. Welcome to our home; the gifts just keep giving!