Life is frustrating–Let’s weed the garden

Posted on Thursday 6 May 2010

We have had a wonderful, wet Spring which has led to beautiful flowers, but lots of weeds. As I drive the highways I notice that the weeds have gotten so tall they have obscured the roadside flowers. The same has occurred in my flower beds and gardens at home. In fact the size of the weeds I pulled–or in some cases whacked–yesterday afternoon look like they have been on steroids this year.

Following a brief weeding session in which I only conquered one bed, I had to stop to go to a weekly bible study I attend. Last night we covered Matthew chapter 13 where you will find 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 root up 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.’ “

This week was a frustrating week. Sometimes I wonder if I am just spinning my wheels. On days when I feel this way I find it at least a little rewarding to work out my frustrations by weeding. Alas, just like the farmer says in the parable, I ended up pulling more than just weeds. I also pulled out some of the pretty flowers along with those weeds. The farmer is right. It is a futile effort, because you can uproot some really good stuff by taking out your frustration on the bad weeds. That’s kind of what I did this week. I expressed frustration toward someone and may have uprooted some good planted in my relationship with that person.

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