The beauty of the Word being planted in our hearts and the need for preparing the soil always gets me. My grandpa was a gardener and a preacher. He spoke often of the parallels and caused a desire for planting in me.
I LOVE gardening. Actually, I was able to do a bit today. If I’m “with it” enough tomorrow, I might take some pics to post.
What does my heart look like right now? Hmmm…it has a few rocks that need to be excavated. I had no idea they were so large and deeply grounded. It might take some hefty digging to free them. A few things are growing in soft, moist, well-fertilized soil. But…
They’re beginning to get in the way of future growth.
Repentance may be the shovel I need.
~Comment made from Annie’s post: Growth
Parable of the Seed, the Sower and the Soil taken from Luke 8:
While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from one town after another, He spoke to them in a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled on, and the wild birds devoured it. Other seed fell on rock, and when it came up, it withered because it had no moisture. Other seed fell among the thorns, and they grew up with it and choked it. But other seed fell on good soil and grew, and it produced a hundred times as much grain.” As He said this, He called out, “The one who has ears to hear had better listen!”
Then His disciples asked Him what this parable meant. He said, “You have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that although they see they may not see, and although they hear they may not understand.
“Now the parable means this: The seed is the word of God.
Those along the path are the ones who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.
Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in a time of testing fall away.
As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.
But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing the word, cling to it with an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance.”
I desire to bear fruit with steadfast endurance.
In this time of testing, I do not want to fall away.
It’s time to do some excavating.