This is from Jesus’ parable of the weeds. A man sows good seed in his field and during the night an enemy sows weeds among the good wheat. The servants ask if they should pull the weeds. But the man replies… the above verse…let them grow together until the harvest and then we will separate them.
I let a giant thistle grow in my garden last spring. I mistakenly thought it was a poppy. (Hey–just look at a poppy leaf, they are similar!) The thistle turned out to be just a weed, one that my daughter lovingly deemed the devil’s flower. But at the same time it wasn’t–I have always loved the purple color of the blossoms, and I like the texture of the leaves. And they are the favorite food of goldfinches, who kept tabs on the plant hoping they could get a taste.
As I have studied Revelation this year, I see just how much God follows this strategy. He lets the weeds grow, they have purposes, and He is waiting until the harvest to give them chances. There are weeds around me all the time testing my faith, giving me opportunities to see how I might react, if the weed might have worth and will I give it that possibility. And to share my faith and hope that maybe, they aren’t just a weed–but just a different kind of plant that will in turn yield its own kind of good fruit.
I am human, no matter how hard I try not to be judgemental, but it happens. In my head pops an opportunity that I have missed. I am not giving that person the chance I should, and I need to right that wrong. And I am humbled, because a good friend is giving that person an opportunity.
I am sure there are others…but this is the weed God might be calling me to. Ever have those? Who are the ones we consider weeds right now? God is leaving them there until the harvest. How can we see the worth in that plant and give them a chance to bear fruit in Christ?