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Topic: SNOOZE (07/20/17)
- TITLE: Dozing Off
By Cindy Solfest-Wallis
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As he got older, he developed cute distinctions between some terms, and my siblings and I would chuckle about the logic behind them. My dad was never one to sleep during the day. In fact, he regularly got 5 to 6 hours of sleep each night, until his later years. In his late 80â€™s and early 90â€™s, he would, on occasion, take a nap in the afternoon. If one of us would ever be so bold to say â€œDid you take a nap, Dad?â€ He would quickly tell us, â€œOh no, I just dozed off!â€ We learned that there was a distinct difference between â€˜nappingâ€™ and â€˜dozing offâ€™, because he would correct us on these differences every time! You see, a â€˜napâ€™ was intentional and lasted a longer period of time, while â€˜dozing offâ€™ was certainly unintended and lasted just a minute or two! Consequently, â€˜dozing offâ€™ could not be deemed â€˜sleepâ€™, as he would never sleep during the day!
One of our lessons in church this past Sunday was from Matthew; the parable of the wheat and the tares. Again, this so reminded me of my dad, who was a farmer his entire life.
A farmer cares for livestock. My dad named all of his cattle and other animals, and they all knew him and would come to him when he called. A farmer is a jack-of-all-trades. He was a veterinarian, a mechanic, an investor, a carpenter. A farmer cultivates the land. My dad knew his soil, knew which crops to plant at the proper time and in the proper field, and knew how to tend these fields and prepare them for harvest. He loved nature, Godâ€™s creation, and spent his life caring for it.
And so, as I listened to the sermon on Sunday, I remembered how hard he worked to prevent the weeds, the thistles, the vetch. He could easily distinguish between the â€˜wheatâ€™ and the â€˜taresâ€™ in the field. This was his vocation, his life.
In the parable, there is a definite distinction between the man who sowed the good seed, and his enemy who sowed the tares. And, when both sprouted and began to grow, again the distinction between the wheat and thistles was evident to the farmer and his help.
Indeed, there is good and bad in this world, but often we are deceived, and are not the ones to judge. We are not always as wise as the farmer, and sometimes cannot discern between the good and bad.
The wise farmer in the parable says that in pulling the weeds, the wheat may also be ruined, so he instructs his help to let both grow until harvest. How wise for us to let Christ tend to this; He knows His own.
This parable teaches us of the Kingdom of Heaven; Christ sowing the good, Satan the bad, but when Christ returns, what glory for the â€˜wheatâ€™!!
And so, in a world where there are many categories, many distinctions, I see that my dad had it right. He reared us in a Christian home, he loved his wife, family, friends and church deeply. While it still warms our hearts to reminisce on his quirkiness in defining certain words or phrases, he never â€˜dozed offâ€™ when it came to faith. Christ knows him as His, as the â€˜wheatâ€™ in heaven!
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