Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/10/02

Weeds among the wheat, Matthew 13:24-30

This one is a parable concerning the man who sowed good wheat seed, but then an enemy sneaked in and planted weeds among the wheat. A few months later, the wheat and the weeds showed up together. The workers asked whether they should go and gather up the weeds, but the man said not to because when they pulled up the weeds, the wheat would come up too since both were so young. Instead, he told them to wait til harvesting and then separate the weeds from the wheat, keep the one and burn the other.

This parable is about the Kingdom of Heaven and about what will happen at the resurrection, but it got me thinking in a side-tracked, roundabout way about kids and parenting. When our kids are young, we try to implant at least some good ideas in them, right? Basic hygiene, decent grammar, how to do laundry, the crews from all five Star Trek shows….or is that last one just my family? We also try to teach our kids to have a sense of morality, of what they are supposed to do, of how to treat others. The good things, the wheat.

But then, the weeds get in from what they pick up in the outside world, from things they pick up from us without our realizing it that we didn’t really want them to pick up. Things from the internet, things from friends, from books they read or music they listen to. Things we really wish hadn’t gotten into their awareness. Weeds.

Like the man in Matthew figured out, though, sometimes it is impossible to separate the weeds from the wheat. Both are too fragile to stand up to a good raking. Not to mention that sometimes to the casual eye, the weeds and wheat look a lot alike. It’s hard to tell one from the other. We have to wait until the wheat is strong enough to be separated from the weeds, until there is enough maturity to be able to tell the weeds from the wheat. These ideas our kids pick up, the bad thinking that can choke them…we have to wait and pray until they are capable of looking at the good and bad ideas and figure out for themselves what is weed and what is wheat. Is it easy for parents watching their kids navigate through? Are you kidding?! Do we have to trust in God and in our parenting skills enough to wait? Yes.

One other thing. God knows what we are going through with our kids very well. Remember, we are His kids. He gets to watch us figuring things out every day. He knows what we are going through. Take it all to Him.

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Responses

  1. “Is it easy for parents watching their kids navigate through? Are you kidding?! Do we have to trust in God and in our parenting skills enough to wait? Yes.” Oh boy, you got that right! Trust, prayer, common sense………….tools every parent needs. Thanks for this.

    • Thank YOU for reaffirming that I am not the only one it is hard for!


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