The wheat and tares parable has me enthralled currently. I never thought I would be the girl who not only enjoys reading the bible, but even more so gets personally into the word for a deeper meaning so that I can apply it to my life.
In this parable, Jesus’ is talking about his kingdom and he explains it like this:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27 “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?’ 28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 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 NIV
Why the botany lesson? And, how on earth does this apply to our own personal lives? Well let me tell you.
The weed in this parable is called a darnel, more commonly known as the “false wheat” because it bears such a close resemblance to wheat and is only noticeable once the ear spikes. Wheat is heavy causing the stem to bend and darnel is light leaving the poisonous weed standing tall. Ironic isn’t that the good plant, the wheat falls bending over and the bad plant, the weed remains stoic as it matures?
What am I getting at? Well, yes the bible is describing the kingdom of god and how his followers are the wheat and the enemies are the poisonous darnel. But personally speaking we are surrounded by our own poisonous weeds in our life currently. Each day the enemy attacks us, our families and our lives by sowing in these tares in the wheat we’ve planted.
Imagine that you and I are the wheat. And the people around us that want to see us fail, who hurt us and deceive us, are the weeds. We don’t see them as weeds at first because they resemble wheat, they look just like you and I. They resemble a friend, a partner or a loved one. Over time as we grow beside them we are equally given the same opportunities that will allow us to grow. It isn’t until full maturity that we realize what or who has been beside us was never wheat at all – or that others see the weed we knew was there all along.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot. – Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 NIV
Sure, we could pull the weeds the second we see the difference but at what cost? Is it worth damaging the wheat? If I am looking at this as if I am the wheat then I risk damaging myself and my own worth and the sustenance that was planted in me. The worth God has sown into me could become uprooted.
Now imagine the opposite. Imagine that we are the weeds. Our seed came from a poison plant. It is in our nature to grow as a strong and deadly weed. Our whole purpose is to deceive and destroy – it is all we know. That is what we were planted to do. Do you believe that a bad seed must remain as such? We both grow in the same ground, with the same nutrients and the same opportunities. Why not allow yourself the opportunity to grow as a seed that supplies nourishment?
If you are anything like me, you have been hurt in your life by someone important to you, possibly a loved one and maybe you’ve even been the weed in someone else’s wheat field as well. But God has the ability to plant a seed of goodness around the seeds of deceit and despair. And, he knows the good seeds among the poison and the depth of the root.
There are days we want vindication, days where we want the poison to be extracted from our lives either as our backstory or a current threat to our crops today. But, it is not our harvest to glean. We must have faith that he will harvest and separate the wheat and weeds when the timing is right. We need only be still in the dirt we were planted in, and keep growing in whatever season God has us in. You may be planted beside a weed for a reason you aren’t mature enough to under at this moment. We have to remember the presence of weeds can never cancel out the power of the wheat. The heaviness of the wheat leads us to bend, and when we do we pray for the weeds to be harvested and planted as good seeds instead.