This morning I was pulling the dead blooms out of my flower boxes and decided finally to pull what is now obviously a weed out of the midst of my petunias. At first I didn't realize it was a weed...but as it grew, it's shape and characteristics were definitely not the same. Now that it was bigger...it was apparent it was not going to be a petunia plant. : )
However, it's roots had become intermingled with the roots of the petunia plant it came with. It must have been there from the beginning of each plant's life. I pulled and wondered how I was going to do this without causing damage to the good plant. I didn't want the ugly weed that would never produce blossoms to take the nourishment from the good plants. I was determined...even after remembering the scripture that compares a similar situation (weeds among the wheat). Surely I could be careful enough to get them separated! So I kept tugging and pulling and eventually pulled both plants out of the pot. Then I tried to separate the roots. As any other gardener out there can figure out already...I was not successful. I ended up causing too much damage to the root system of the flowering plant. I put it back in it's soil, hoping against logic that it might have enough root left to recover.
This whole incident has really got my mind spinning. We always wonder why the "bad people" are allowed to remain in their places...even excelling while the "good ones" suffer beside them. There are many things about this life I don't fully understand...but I feel I am getting a glimpse of reason behind this mystery.
God is truly wise. Had I left the two plants alone...the flowering one would have still flowered...even if not at its full potential.
I guess I should go back and read the parable that Jesus told about such a situation:
"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 some 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 root up 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.' "
I have heard many others start wondering who around them are the weeds. I, too, have been guilty of this. That is not our job!
The Harvester will determine which is weed and which is wheat.
We are to simply grow.