“Jesus proposed to them another parable: The reign of God may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds through his wheat, and then made off. When the crop began to mature and yield grain, the weeds made their appearance as well. The owner’s slaves came to him and said, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where are the weeds coming from? He answered, I see an enemy’s hand in this. His slaves said to him, Do you want us to go out and pull them up? No, he replied, pull up the weeds and you might take the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will order the harvesters; first collect the weeds and bundle them up to burn, then gather the wheat into my barn.” Matthew 13:24-30
What connection or application can we see in this parable of The Lord’s for us in recovery? Well, I see it as pretty contemporary, that is, with the legalization of “weed” in many states and the common usage of it for more than medicinal purposes. “Weed” that is, marijuana, is a drug and so is alcohol a drug. The difference is apparent. Whereas marijuana was illegal until recent times, alcohol is not illegal. However, the effects are pretty much the same once you are hooked (addicted) to either one or both. With the disease of alcoholism a person hits the bottle until such time as he hits bottom. This bottom takes many different forms: losing a job/career, losing a family, losing financial stability, losing a purpose in life etc. And we know that, unfortunately, there is very little a person can do to get an alcoholic to quit until disaster strikes violently enough to make him quit.
Now for us in recovery from alcoholism, we do find ourselves cast among those who are still using. Sometimes this is disturbing for us and yet we must somehow tolerate this situation and maintain our own sobriety. Just as The Lord says above, “let the weeds grow together with the wheat until harvest time.” The harvest time has come for us – thanks be to God!
Prayer: Lord God, help me to cherish my sobriety more and more this day. I ask Your Spirit to guide those who are still using and not realizing the dangers they are inflicting on themselves and others. Guide them by Your Spirit to change their minds and hearts to seek help. And let me be of help to them when occasion offers. Amen.