This morning I have been studying the above parable in Matthew 13: 24-30. One of the first things it has brought to mind is a lesson in my art class on negative and positive space. Both are needed for clarity. The negative space is that space which surrounds the item or items that I am painting or drawing. It is neither Good nor evil but to me represents the unreal while the actual painting is the real.
Matthew 13:30 states, “Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.'”
In Luke 19, beginning at verse 11 through 27, it tells of a nobleman who was going to be away for a while and called a few of his servants to him and gave them each a pound to use while he was gone. Upon returning, several had multiplied his pound where one had buried it and the nobleman was incensed at that one. What that brought to mind for me were the opportunities I am given to pray and grow spiritually and when that happens, my blessings multiply. Then, I am reminded that the one that buried his opportunity happens when I give in to fear and doubt and resistant to God’s help. Lessons always become blessings when understood! We are never separated from God and His blessings.
There is no need for me ever to “be full of myself” or to feel “less than”. Each and everyone one of God’s children is important to Him. I find the evidence of this in the parable in Luke 15:3-6 where it reads,
“And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.”
Today, I will relish just being me and realize who my Father really is!