TEXT: Matthew 13:24-30 - Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?' 'An enemy did this,' he replied. The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?' 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. 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.'"
I have trouble understanding Jesus' parables that use farming and gardening as object lessons. Growing up in the city I had very little contact with sheep, wheat or grapevines, and many of the analogies used in Scripture center around agricultural themes. It makes total sense the Lord would use farming stories since so many people around the world can to relate to them. There are certainly plenty of other parables that hit home with me, but the farming ones are a bit out of reach. That changed one summer day, however, as I attempted some gardening.