The parable of the weeds and wheat teaches us a lesson of patience. The farmer instructs the laborers to let the weeds that have appeared to grow among the wheat, so that the wheat will not be pulled up as well. The weeds will be separated out at harvest time.
We all experience weeds in our life, things that get in the way of what we want to do. Sometimes those weeds are relatively easy to pull out. Sometimes they are persistent and keep reappearing. Sometimes they are other people, sometimes personal issues or circumstances beyond our control. Patience is needed.
Weeds grow within us as well. There are aspects of our life that are fruitful, but there are also aspects that hold us back and get in the way of our relationships, of our work, of connecting with God. Particularly during this time of pandemic, patience with ourselves and trust in God are necessary, as we work for that good harvest.
Are the weeds we experience a blessing? Do they reveal something about ourself and our relationship with the world? Weeds can also be called roadside flowers. It all depends on your perspective. In my photography I try to practice patience as I wait for a scene to capture my attention, to receive whatever the moment has to offer me. This attitude of receptivity carries over into my everyday life, as I try to be patient with others and grateful for my blessings, as we continue to move through uncertain times.
“I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 13:35)