I love fall. It is one of my favorite seasons. I had just came back from a walk to the post office in town. There was a small breeze; enough to kick up the leaves that had already fallen to the ground. As I looked at the leaves, they were a pretty golden color.
Even though it was unusually warm for October the air felt like fall. The colors this time of the year are just magnificent.
I had just started walking on a regular basis. I lived out in the country so I walked out my drive down the gravel road. My routine was to go a half-mile and then turn on a paved road. Since we lived out in the country we didn’t have much traffic. The wild flowers were out in bloom and were beautiful. There were some pretty purple flowers and some yellow flowers that I am sure were nothing more than weeds of some kind. They were just beautiful and they had caught my eye. Later in the day, I had told my daughter as she was driving me to work that I might just have to stop and pick some of those flowers and make a bouquet. I know some people might think that I am a nut. Why would I want to make a bouquet out of weeds? Why not go to the florist and choose some beautiful flowers to make a bouquet, like the rose? The rose is a beautiful flower I will agree with you. To me though the flowers out in the fields and along side the roads remind me of the people Jesus ministered to.
Jesus spent His time in the ministry teaching the common people, the people on the streets. Some of these people were even thought of as weeds. You know the kind of people that some folks would like to see disappear. They were those that suffered from disease like leprosy, or were blind, or deaf, or like the man who had the demons inside of him. That’s the kind of people Jesus ministered to. In Matthew 9:12 it says, “On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.’”
Once Jesus healed the people from their disease many of them were grateful and praised Him. Once they were cured or healed they would go and share their good news with their neighbors, friends and family. Jesus healed a man with leprosy. After healing the man with leprosy Jesus warned him not to tell anyone. In Mark 1:45 it says, “Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news”. Again in Mark, Jesus healed a demon possessed man. In Mark 5:20, it says, “So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed”. Once people were healed they began to share the good news with others. Weeds often spread quickly and often take up a lot of ground. Just like the weeds, the stories of healing spread everywhere.
There is another aspect to this we must think about. What is a weed in one man’s eyes is a rose in another’s eyes. Like the old saying goes, what is one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I did make a bouquet of, what my kids called weeds. It was beautiful, or so I thought. The kids made fun of it. I would comment about my beautiful fall bouquet and the kids would laugh and say, “Mom it is just a bunch of weeds”. I would reply, “Yes, but to me they are beautiful weeds”. It had reminded me of my life. Once I was a weed, but God took my life and made it into a beautiful bouquet; something I was proud of. We are told several times in the Bible that we are not to judge one another. Luke 6:37 says, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” As we look at those people who we consider weeds, God sees them as possibilities waiting to happen. One day those weeds may turn into a beautiful flower for all to see. We may stand and look at that beautiful weed in awe of what God has done in his or her life. Do you know of someone who you had considered a weed and was just taking up space, but through God's grace and mercy was turned into a beautiful flower? There are several examples in the Bible. Moses murdered someone, yet God turned him into a beautiful flower for all of us to marvel at. David committed adultery and had someone murdered, yet he is a significant person in the Bible. The most prominent weed in the Bible was Paul. How many Christians did Paul murder, yet God placed His hand on Paul. Paul's life reflects God's love, mercy and grace. He was a beautiful weed.
Remember that before Christ began working in each of us we were nothing more than a weed. When we allowed God to work in us and make changes in us we became a beautiful weed.
As you drive by fields stop and look at the beautiful “weeds” that are popping up. Think about how your own life; has it gone from just a weed to a beautiful flower? How would you want others to see you?
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven”.
“And hearing this, Jesus said to them, 'It is not those who
are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick;
I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners'.”
Dear Lord, as we pass fields where weeds abound let us reflect on our own lives and remember we once were weeds too. Thank You for taking our lives and making them into beautiful flowers. Help us not to pass judgment on those we think are weeds. Let us remember You see them as possibilities. We give You all the praise for what You are doing in our lives. Let our lives reflect Your love and beauty. In all these things we ask in Thy name. Amen.
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