Friday, February 12, 2010

The Wheat and the Tares

Is this a sign? No more rain?

The temperatures are climbing into the 70's. Snowball (below) is returning from a gopher hunt.

It's a beautiful day, but in the midst of beauty, my heart is sad about the tragic Luge accident in Canada...and the shootings in Alabama. There is such heartache in this world. How does one think about a world that offers both beauty, and pain—goodness and violence...existing side by side?

I sometimes contemplate the parable Jesus told about wheat and the tares growing side by side. The servants wanted to pull out the tares, but the master said, the wheat and the tares must grow side by side——the good and the bad, "lest while you are gathering up the tares, you may root up the wheat with them." (Matthew 13:29) He went on to say that at the time of harvest he would separate them, and bind the tares into bundles "to burn them up" and the wheat would be gathered into his barn.

Although the passage doesn't answer all my questions, it sheds a little light on the dilemma. One day we will fully understand, and one glorious day, there will be no more tares.


Marg said...

Enjoy the beauty and the warmth.
Yes, it was so tragic to see the Olympics start with a fatality...My heart aches for the family and the country. Thanks for sharing that parable.

Dawn said...

Such unanswerable questions in our humanness. But such good thoughts and lovely pictures!

Willow said...

I was reading I Cor 13 yesterday and I am reminded of the verse "When I was a child I thought as a child (ie: I just don't understand!), BUT! Face to face... then our questions will be answered.

Susan Skitt said...

Hi dear friend, just catching up a bit. My little guy was sick all last week and my oldest left for a mission trip and got sick the first night with the stomach bug. But God is good and yes, those "tares" will be here in this world but one blessed day they will be gone. Good analogy. And it was nice to read about your visit. Those sugar snap peas look yummy and are growing nicely!