Regardless of what you believe I think most people are familiar with the Biblical parable of the wheat and tares, or have at least heard of it. Basically, a man has a field and before the wheat sprouts an enemy threw in tares (or weeds) while everyone is asleep. As the field grew into a crop the workers saw that tares are growing with the wheat and the man instructed them to let them grow together and that the reapers would separate them after harvesting the crop. I was thinking about this today and had some revelation about this story and decided to blog about it. You may not see how this fits in with positive thinking and legacy but let me share with you my thoughts.
One of the things I couldn’t understand about this parable was how the workers couldn’t see that there were tares until the seeds became a crop. I’m a city girl and I know nothing about farming but I do know that weeds grow a lot faster than grass and are pretty noticeable which is why we can pull them up. To get some understanding I goggled “wheat and tares” and learned that before wheat matures it looks almost identical to tares. So, if the workers had tried to separate the wheat and tares before harvest time they very well could have destroyed some of the wheat. When I read this I was interested but thought little more about it until today. Here’s what I thought about today…
From time to time we all experience something that seems awful at first but eventually we see it was for our best. Maybe you were running late for work on a day you had an important meeting and when you were driving into work you saw a huge accident and realized if you had been on time you would have been in it. That situation is what I’ve come to call “undeveloped wheat”. This is something that at first looks like a problem but when it “matures” was actually something good (just like wheat looks like tares until it is ready to be harvested). In this way the things that would normally bring us down actually builds us up. Thinking this way forces us to find the positive side of things, to look for the lesson in the situation, to figure out the “silver lining” to the cloud.
So the next time something happens and it frustrates you, or angers you, or puts you on edge just think of it as “undeveloped wheat” and keep yourself together until the harvest.
Romaine A. Wright