Posted: March 7th, 2012 | Filed under: life | Tags: , , | 14 Comments »

‘Should we weed out the thistles?’ -the farmhands in Jesus’ parable found in Matthew 13:28 MSG

You used to have a time bomb, ticking away inside you. Never knew it was there because you never heard the ticking.

A life built the way you were told it should look and you loved the security of knowing there was nothing to hide.

The cleaner the outside, the cleaner you felt on the inside. Good enough to relax and be a little ‘human’, within justifiable reason.

Within justifiable reason.

As long as you could justify yourself, you were fine. Never having to take a deeper look or admit to what had no evidence.

It was only when the timed bomb exploded that you realized the deep damage. Damage hidden so deep you called it ‘healed’.

‘No, if you weed the thistles, you’ll pull up the wheat, too.” -the farmer in Jesus’ parable found in Matthew 13:29 MSG

Your failure is evidence that you had to let that darkness surface so that God could take it away from you. Like waiting on war shrapnel to make its way to the surface so it can be removed. It’s like waiting on a weed to grow to make sure it’s a weed before you rip it up.

How would you know you had it in you if you never saw it? Judgment doesn’t start with action, it’s starts with intention. A person can get angry at numerous people and never consider himself a murderer. But Jesus does.

You have to understand that sin is sin before you can really understand what grace is. It’s hard to tell what things will become until they become. If you don’t acknowledge the weeds, they’ll eventually take over and your whole life will have to be ripped up and replanted.

There was a girl who was known for giving herself away to anyone who would have her. It was harder to find a boy who hadn’t been with her than it was to find one who had.

“Should we weed out the girl?”

It was easy to see that this girl had the potential to defile the people around her. She was an open door that made it harder for a young man to pass her by without satisfying his curiosity.

“No, if you weed out the girl, you’ll destroy the good, too.”

It’s not the girl that needs to go, it’s the sin within her that needs to be addressed. If you throw the girl out, then you’re like a farmer who planted seeds and ripped the whole garden up when you saw a weed.

Sin is a weed with blooms of lies and roots of innocence damaged.

Only God knows that her innocence was ripped from her when she couldn’t fight back. She kept it a secret because she believed that it ruined her and she didn’t want anyone to know that she was trash. The secret isolated her and isolation is the breeding ground for lies from the pit of hell to bloom un-challenged. No one knew her secret or her struggle with self-worth, so she suffered the merciless spiritual attacks alone. Every time she heard a message that told her to keep herself pure, she knew it was too late for her and it bled out the remainder of her hope.

In order to survive her damage, she convinced herself that sex didn’t mean anything. As long as it didn’t mean anything, she could not be as hopelessly damaged as she felt. She had to remind herself that it didn’t mean anything by having meaningless sex to continue the desensitization. Her way of surviving was to bleed the out the worth.

People see a promiscuous girl and call her Poison. God sees His daughter who needs to know that she’s loved. She doesn’t believe she can be loved like that and people can prove it when they refuse to see her worth and push her away because she’s dirty. People can prove the enemy’s lies she hears in her spirit by doing exactly what you do with garbage. By throwing it away.

Maybe the people who look like weeds are weeds and maybe they’re not. Farmhands don’t know enough to start ripping them out and throwing them away. They don’t have permission because they don’t know the whole story.

“Explain to us that story of the thistles in the field.” -Matthew 13:36

“The farmer who sows the pure seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the pure seeds are subjects of the kingdom, the thistles are subjects of the Devil, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, the curtain of history. The harvest hands are angels.” -Jesus, Matthew 13:37-39





14 Comments on “weeds”

  1. 1 September said at 10:42 am on March 7th, 2012:

    Thank you for this Serena. We are His creation/His Masterpiece – He Sees our worth! Refining is one thing- but He never throws us away! Your heart is transparent and your words will encourage many. Thank you.
    My recent post Little Girls Do Grow Up

  2. 2 serenawoods said at 10:56 am on March 7th, 2012:

    Thank you, September. πŸ™‚

  3. 3 dawn said at 10:45 am on March 7th, 2012:

    Always something to chew on. Good one gf!

  4. 4 relentlessfaith said at 10:55 am on March 7th, 2012:

    Beautifully written! You are truly a beaming light in this dark world…and I, for one, am so unbelievably grateful that your light shone brightly on my path back to Christ. God bless you, Serena. I truly mean that!

  5. 5 serenawoods said at 10:59 am on March 7th, 2012:

    That made my day. πŸ™‚ Thanks.

  6. 6 marcia said at 11:01 am on March 7th, 2012:

    I love this, thank you for clarifying things for me.

  7. 7 April said at 11:20 am on March 7th, 2012:

    missed your writing!!!!! so much.

  8. 8 exegete77 said at 12:29 pm on March 7th, 2012:

    Excellent, Serena. I have written and spoken about “people on the fringe.” What you write about is exactly that. How easily we dismiss others, and worst, how easily we dismiss ourselves. Your words are words of comfort, hope, and restoration. This will get passed on, for sure!

    Thank you for expressing this so well. God’s blessings
    My recent post My Love-Hate relationship with the Internet — Part 1

  9. 9 serenawoods said at 4:39 pm on March 7th, 2012:

    "People on the fringe." Closer than you realize. πŸ™‚

  10. 10 exegete77 said at 6:13 pm on March 7th, 2012:

    Yep, I have been there for 14 years. That is why I focus on equipping people to minister on the fringe… been there, done that.
    My recent post My Love-Hate relationship with the Internet — Part 1

  11. 11 Elizabeth said at 2:40 pm on March 7th, 2012:

    That was a beautiful way of painting the picture of giving grace and love to those around us, even if we think that their actions will harm us or those we love. Also a beautiful way to remind that when we view people as people, when we make the effort to really know them, it is so much easier to extend God's grace and love. Thank you!
    My recent post If I hurt, am I really trusting?

  12. 12 serenawoods said at 4:48 pm on March 7th, 2012:

    Thanks, Elizabeth. I think people need to know that they're noticed and cared about. I know I do. πŸ™‚

  13. 13 Eileen said at 12:00 pm on March 10th, 2012:

    "Your failure is evidence that you had to let that darkness surface so that God could take it away from you." I LOVE that . Great truth, Serena

    My recent post Temporary Solutions

  14. 14 @gmthul said at 12:27 pm on March 21st, 2012:

    It took many years for this soul grafted onto the Vine to bear fruit. So many gave up, and many tried to tear me off that vine like a worthless weed or a dead branch only pretending to have life. As if the Vine would ever stop feeding love into that dried up branch. One winter, a farmhand took a torch to this fruitless branch, trying to scorch her off from the precious Church. That torch cracked her very soul, wounds down to the green wick lying tender in the center. But life lived deep inside, and the cracks from the burning torch opened the branch up for spring rain. Now there may even be a few leaves on her…and maybe someday some actual fruit.

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