“Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.” –Matthew 13:7
“Some [seed] fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled by the weeds.” --Matthew 13:7 (The Message)
In the summer, weeds grow up beside the city sidewalks wherever the ground is fallow. These tangles of weeds sometimes grow as high as my waist. Lexi plunges into the weeds when I walk her and gets burrs in her fur and pollen up her nose. Occasionally city maintenance crews come and mow the weeds down. But the weeds always grow up again. Jesus warns us against the weeds in the parable of the sower: “The seed falling among the thorns [weeds in The Message] refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22). God is the Gardener (John 15:1). He comes and mows the weeds down. But the weeds always grow up again. It’s so hard for us to root out anxiety and greed. We have to learn to trust the Grower: “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you…” (Luke 12:27-28). And if the weeds grow up again, he’ll cut them down.
Dear God, When the weeds grow up and threaten to choke your Word in me, mow them down! Amen