She looked at me and said, “What?”
(I have a tendency to just say things out loud. Sometimes I blurt out something that has nothing to do with the conversation of the moment. Fortunately, my wife has loved me all these years and understands my idiosyncrasies.)
I said, pointing to the weeds, “Those weeds are potential tumbleweeds. Just like people who will get so dry spiritually, the winds of their life will pull them out of the ground, and they will just roll through life not knowing where they are going.”
When the Bible talks about weeds, there’s nothing ever good about them. The parable of the sower in Luke 8:4-15 is a good example.
The first soil was a packed-down path people walked on. Not much chance of a crop of anything growing. The seed would never get under the dirt. Funny how weeds can grow where nothing else does.
The second soil was where the farmer planted seed, but there were rocks under the ground. The seeds grew a little, but there wasn’t anywhere for the roots to find water, so they died. Funny how weeds can grow with the least amount of water.
Finally reaching a better part of the soil, the sower planted seed, and when it grew, weeds grew with it. The weed eventually overgrew the good seed and choked all its life. Funny how weeds will choke life out of good seed before they themselves wither because they are too dry.
The last of the seed fell on good soil — no hard path, no rocks underneath, no weeds to harass it. The good seed in good soil reaps a great harvest.
What does this all mean? God’s Word has great power when the soil is prepared. Our children and youth have hearts that may be hard, rocky and weed-infested, or they may be ready for a harvest of good life. Parents and grandparents have an important influence in their lives. It’s up to us to help their hearts to be tender to God. It’s up to us to get the rocks out of their lives. It’s up to us to de-weed their lives so they are not choked by the worst of this life. Our work is to help our children and youth have a healthy soil to grow the best of God’s life through them.
We do not need more tumbleweeds of children and youth being blown by an unmerciful wind of life. We need healthy crops of children, not tumbleweeds.
May we help them grow to have a great harvest of life with the seed of God’s word growing in every part of their life.
Scott K Van Bibbber is pastor of New Hope Church of the Nazarene. Sermon Notes is a column by local religious leaders.