Spring has finally come. NOW I am weeding, weeding, weeding. It’s amazing to me how weeds can grow every where–even in the concrete cracks with little dirt and no fertilizer. So what should I do? Where can I find hope? In the Bible, there are numerous times when tares, nettles, and thorns are mentioned. So which verse should I choose? I know of Jesus’ parable of the wheat and the tares, but I have trouble with “letting tares grow.” How about you? What are your thoughts here?
Rather I will turn to Isaiah 55:13 “Instead of the thorn bush, the cypress will come up. And instead of the nettle, the myrtle will come up. And it will be a memorial to the Lord, for an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”
And so I will not give in to the weeds. I will do what I can to bring beauty to my yard and my community. Likewise, I will recognize the presence of evil in the world, but I will not give in to evil. That is too cynical. No, I will continue to sow the seeds of Jesus’ joy and love. What ever flowers and green grass that we can have now–we will enjoy. What ever kindness and generosity we can share, so we will rejoice and give thanks.
So let the tulips bloom and the azaleas bring forth blazing colors! Let us bring smiles and laughter to our neighbors–wells of water, bread, and food to those in need. Amen, Hallelujah, Amen.