All around me life is teaming. There's the usual prairie-fare on the valley floor below; alfalfa, barley, corn. On the hillsides high above are flower-like thingies appearing in profusion with each uptick in the thermometer.
It's all just so spectacular.
What strikes me in these scenes is how lovely are the weeds; sometimes more lovely, even, than their non-weed soil companions. They're referred to as noxious in these parts, which is to say they're harmful or poisonous. They've been known to completely destroy a crop meant for market. From the unskilled eye it's hard to distinguish them from the unharmful plants ~ plants like the lovely wild Lupine, Snap Dragons, Violets or Sunflowers.
All that to say, the noxious & obnoxious here makes it's much easier to comprehend the Lord's teachings on sowing & reaping, tares & wheat, or sheep & goats when considering their polar opposites. It would seem there's little difference between right & wrong, holy & vile, pure & polluted. Sin often (always) is dressed all up in finery and fancy. Only later do we see the rash (or worse) it's produced in us. What's more, we don't recognize its stealth in choking out the genuine, healthy, truly lovely blooms alongside it.
"He who hunts flowers will find flowers;
and he who hunts for weeds will find weeds."
~ Henry Ward Beecher
I realize this is not popular subject matter. More's the pity. It surely ought to be. Not the hellfire & brimstone iteration, but the exposing of those things that may tantalize today and torment tomorrow. Rather than cozy up to what the world says is OK (the list is endless) when we know it is not, we choose to embrace & live according to His higher, better standard.
First we have to recognize what is &
isn't a weed.
It is true: "Sin will take you farther, keep you longer and cost your more than ever you intended to pay." (Unknown)
Roses are red;
Violets are blue;
But they don't get around
Like the dandelions do.
~ Slim Acres
"Sweet flowers are slow and weeds make haste."
~ William Shakespeare
Don't water your weeds. ~ Proverb
"A man's nature runs either to herbs, or to weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one
and destroy the other."
~ Frances Bacon
The kingdom of heaven
may be compared to a man who sowed
good seed in his field, but while his
men were sleeping, his enemy came in
and sowed weeds among the wheat and
went away. So when the plants came
up and bore grains, then the weeds
appeared also. And the servants of the
mast of house came in and said to him,
'Master, did you not sow good seed in
your field? How then does it have
weeds?' He said to them, 'An enemy has
done this.' So the servants said to him,
'Then do you want us to go and gather them?'
But he said, 'No, lest in gathering the
weeds you root up the wheat along with them.
Let them both grow together until the
harvest, and at the harvest time I will appear
and tell the reapers, 'Gather the weeds first and
bind them in bundles to be burned,
but gather the wheat into my barn.' "
~ Matthew 13:24-30
Photos: Taken in the hillsides and orchards adjacent to my home just last week.