The tares stand out and above the wheat
While walking through farm fields in France last May, I found a perfect scene to illustrate Jesus Christ’s parable of the tares and the wheat.
If you aren’t familiar with Jesus’ story, here it is:
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’” Matthew, 13:24-30, NKJV.
Readers of this story often wonder why the farmer has to wait until harvest to pull up the tares. The reason is because the tare plants are indistinguishable from the wheat in the early stages of growth. The plants look the same with a casual glance. But as the wheat and tares grow over the coming weeks, the tares start to stretch out above the wheat. As you can see in the picture, they easily stand out up and above the wheat in the later stages of development. At this point it’s easy to spot then and remove them from the field.
So, when you’re not sure what is good and what is bad in a field of your life-work at the moment, be patient. Eventually, the bad, or tares, will become so apparent that you can’t help but see the difference. And you’ll know what to save and what to rip out and eliminate.