Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Dealing with Weeds
By Lois Parker Edstrom
OBJECT SUGGESTED: Weeds
Weeds seem to grow everywhere. They can grow so tall and thick that they block sunshine from flowers and vegetables. They also take nourishment and water that other plants need. If left unattended weeds can damage the plants in our gardens.
In the Bible Jesus tells a story about weeds being sown in a field that had been planted with wheat – good seeds. He compares the wheat to the people who want to do God’s will and the weeds to people who do bad, evil things.
Perhaps there is a bully in your neighborhood or school, and you have been hurt by that person. Maybe you have been hurt by someone you trusted; that is the worst kind of hurt. We are not to ignore those injuries – you should tell someone who can help you.
I think the story of the weeds may help teach us how to let go of our hurts. Parents and teachers can help, but sometimes we become so angry and sad when we have been injured that we think of nothing else. We may think about ways we can “get even” with the person who hurt us.
The Bible tells us that God is able to tell the different between “wheat people” who want to do God’s will and “weed people” who hurt others. We are told that God will deal with the “weed people” and bring them to justice. We can let go of our need to “get even” knowing that it is God’s job to make all things right.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan