While I was mowing yesterday of I was reminded of one of the Lord’s great truths. You’ll remember the teaching once I tell you what happened.
At the first of the mowing season everything looked alike and I just buzzed down everything in sight. But yesterday I noticed the last time I mowed I had missed a little growth on the edge and that “weed” I had flattened was now a very lovely flower.
This little awakening immediately brought to mind the Lord’s teaching about the wheat and the tares. Jesus taught us to let them grow together until maturity to avoid throwing out the good wheat with the non-nourishing tares.
In other words, be careful when sorting out the actions of others and don’t judge prematurely without full knowledge. My flower lesson was a little different but still the same principle. Be careful when mowing down a believer in spiritual infancy. There is a point where the flower and the weed look very much alike and if you are not careful you will buzz down what would have been a joy giving flower.
I guess you could also make the case for plucking a weed that after many years still is a weed and does nothing but choke out the real fruit and flowers. Water, water, water and nourish, nourish, nourish. Then pluck if you need to! I hope I didn’t miss the point here!
Papa John Hill
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My better half Judy gave me the greatest ‘human’ gift in 1987 when she said “I do”. Don’t try to reconcile the math, but I have 3 teen age grandchildren now. Hannah, the oldest gave me the name “Papa John” and was disappointed when she found out that all those pizza places were not mine.
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