“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 uproot 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.’” ~ Matthew 13:24-30
Much to my dismay, my backyard has become infested with weeds – specifically spurge. Now, I don’t have a huge yard, but I would like what little I have to look nice. And spurge just happens to be a nasty kind of weed. It grows flat along the ground, spreading itself out, and killing whatever grass it happens to cover.
I spent the morning pulling weeds, and then went to the hardware store to get some weed killer to get rid of the rest. I had to give up on pulling all of them, because much like the weeds in this parable, they were so interspersed with my grass that I would have ended up just pulling out chunks of my yard. Not pretty.
I think this parable is such an excellent way to look at things in life that baffle us. In this parable, weeds (evil) have been maliciously sown among the wheat (good). But the owner of the field does not immediately go after the weeds and destroy them, because in doing that he would also be causing damage to the wheat. I believe God is telling us that sometimes He makes the same decision: He allows evil to continue, because getting rid of it immediately would also cause damage to those meant for His kingdom.
Sometimes, or a lots of times, our world does not make sense. Evil seems to be winning, or allowed to continue much too long. But remember – God doesn’t want anyone to perish. He is waiting for all who will come to know Him to do so. We should be thankful for His patience, even if it is hard to understand.