I drive by this soybean field, with the random corn stalks, sticking well above the soybeans. It is interesting how quickly I disliked this field in my mind, used to seeing such uniform even fields of crops whether it is wheat, corn or soybeans.
Some days I think the field yells to me “be your own person, stand tall, you are beautifully made by God, don’t conform to the way of others….” Oh, yes, those corn stalks talk to me.
Other days I hear them saying “Look, I represent all the sin in your life, no matter how hard you try, there will always be a corn stalk sticking it’s ugly head up among the soybeans, making life harder.”
Then a few days later, I realized the farmer was slowing whacking those stalks down and there were less of them. The remaining ones cried out to me “live today, you know not what tomorrow brings!”
Jesus talked about “weeds” and the difficulty of separating good plants (believers) from weeds (sin and wrong spiritual choices). In the parable, Matthew 13, I especially like verse 30 ”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.’” Such a good reminder that it isn’t until harvest is brought in that the Lord separates them out. With Jesus as my savior I can daily “weed” out through repentance and start my field again. He will help me bundle my weeds and burn them constantly allowing me to live off the good harvest of life.
May the corn stalks in your life be pulled, parted and burned as well!