He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”
Some of Jesus' parables continue to puzzle me; others, like this one, bring perspective and even sense to a seemingly senseless world. I have as much peace as one can with the presence of evil in a universe where, even embattled, God is sovereign—He is God, I am not—but it's easy for me to miss or forget the role of His sovereign mercy in the way things are.
Even though I worked yesterday, a day of no commitments should be more than enough to recharge the batteries. Looking forward to tomorrow doesn't hurt, nor does a holiday on Monday.
In non-sequitur LiveJournal happiness, I just discovered the option in the userinfo that allows me to replace posted pictures on my friends list with links. I've been experiencing picture overload lately, so this is a great find.