Tuesday, March 20, 2007

How Do You See The Grass?

Here in Texas, it's that time of year. Time for the grass to try to start coming back. Time that you want to see the deep, luscious green cover your yard.

And the time when many of us just see brown spots.

We spray. We pull. We yell at the yard and no matter what, it just doesn't green up.

Then we drive down the road and see empty lots. Unattended empty fields. And the lots and fields are beautifully green! How? No one is tending to those lots. No one is taking quality time to care for those lots. Why are they beautifully green?

Keep driving. Get closer. Look deeper.

What do we really see?

Weeds. Big, sprawling, bright green weeds.

What looks like green luscious grass is really just weeds.

Is that how it is with your life? Do you see empty, brown patches in your life? Lack of a loving relationship, money problems, low income housing, do you see these in your life and long for the 'greenness' of the 'grass' in other peoples lives?

What if you could look closer at their lives? What would you see? Would you see what looks like a loving relationship that is really filled with affairs? Would you see what looks like wealth that is really debt deeper than anyone can ever climb out of? Would you see 'fun' that is really alcoholism in disguise?

Here in Texas, if we ever get rain, tending to our yards on a regular basis, and occasionally reseeding, does usually pay off. After we spray the weed killer on the lawn, we eventually see green grass, not green weeds.

Will you stay home today and tend to your own yard? Will you look only at what you have and what our Loving Lord can do with what you have and not long for what your neighbor or the empty lot has? Will you let our Loving Lord spray His weed killing grace over your life so that the seeds that He has planted in you will grow?

Matthew 13:36-43 (New International Version) Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field." He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. "As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.."

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