"'Should we pull out the weeds?' they asked. 'No,' he replied, 'you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.'" (Matthew 13:28b-30)

The little aspen and the pine were growing next to each other at the top of the hike at 9600 feet. It did look like the pine was gaining on the aspen although both looked hardy, as if neither had a complaint of being planted there in such close proximity.

Every now and then I hear someone ask questions about persons in their work places and in their family situations. "Why me?" "Why him?" "Why this?" "Why now?"

It has been said that people come into our lives for a reason, a season, or forever. All by God's design. He has something He wants to show you, teach you, grow you, or maybe it is crucial to His plans that you be there for another person.

The Bible says we are to leave the weeds alone that grow among the good plants. And we're not to judge others, either; we have no idea what their life is like (Luke 6:37, Matthew 7:1). God will take care of any 'weeds' in His time and in His way.

Meantime, while we are growing together, all we have to do is keep our eyes on the Lord, suit up and show up, do what is set before us, and keep it simple. Love the Lord, love people (Matthew 22:36). And leave the rest to God.

That's good news.

Inspirational messages, Sally I. Kennedy ©2013