Sunday, March 14, 2021

Don’t Plant Mysterious, Unsolicited Seeds

In 2020, thousands of Americans living in all fifty states received mysterious, unsolicited packages of seeds from China. Many of the seeds have been identified as flowers and vegetables, while others are suspect. If an enemy wanted to create problems in the U.S. environment, what could be more cunning than to slip in invasive, noxious bags of seeds among the good seeds and hope someone plants them?


Someone from Michigan said, “I planted them because I thought they were the strawberry seeds I ordered. They turned black and green mold, so I threw them away.” After a New Mexico woman planted the seeds she said, “Everything that’s in the garden where I planted them are having a hard time and are starting to die.” Agriculture officials warned, "Unsolicited seeds could be invasive and introduce unknown diseases to local plants, harm livestock or threaten our environment. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins."
 
Jesus told a parable about a man who sowed good seed in his field. “But while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away. But when the wheat sprang up and bore grain, then the tares became evident also” (Matt. 13:25-26). When the slaves asked the landowner how the tares got into the field, the landowner said, “An enemy has done this!” (13:29).
 
The enemy’s goal was to destroy the wheat field. The workers were sleeping, unaware that the enemy was working under the cover of darkness. It wasn’t until later, after the crop grew, that it became obvious that an enemy had planted harmful seeds in the field.
 
I’m sure many of recipients of the mystery seeds from China believed it was a free gift from a kindhearted soul, unaware that the sender was hoping to get the noxious seeds planted in American soil. Beware when someone sends you with a gift that you hadn’t requested. You might find out later the present isn’t in your best interest. 
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