The Parable of the Sower
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. 6 Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
We planted some vegetables in very sandy soil and have had a hard time keeping them moist enough. We put in drip irrigation and it has helped, but I think we will reserve that area from now on for a crop that needs less water.
My herbs are doing very well in their large box so I’m guessing the soil, moisture and sunlight they are getting is perfect. The corn is looking good, if we can keep the raccoons out it should be successful this year.
The strawberries are delicious and the blackberries and blueberries are beginning to bloom.
Potatoes are doing great so far this year and we are getting ready to do more planting soon, of course matching each crop with the soil, moisture and sunlight it needs.
Judging by the looks of the gardens so far most of our seeds have fallen on good soil and are yielding a good outcome just as the farmers in verse 8 of this parable.
Jesus used many examples of gardening, growing crops etc in his parables. Just as we sow our seeds in hopes of a plentiful crop, He and the disciples sowed the word of God to the people in that day. Just as the seed fell on hard ground and wouldn’t grow, some people along the path heard, ignored, and Satan hardened their hearts so they wouldn’t believe. Some people heard, listened and believed, but felt no joy because they weren’t firmly rooted. They were influenced by the world and never matured spiritually, just as the seed lacked moisture and was choked out by weeds. However, some people heard, listened, applied the word, and retained it in their hearts and just as the seed they grew.
If you are like a seed that has fallen on hard ground, act quickly before your heart is too hard.
For those who are withering and being choked out there is still time to do some watering and weeding. Drench your soul deeply with God’s word and make sure you get those suckers by the roots when you pull them out. Just like the weeds in our gardens, the evil in our lives loves to return with a vengeance.
If you are growing are you continually sowing new seeds? Our gardens and God’s kingdom will not continue to grow unless we sow seed every season.
Every day that I wake up there is a plentiful amount of good soil out there in this world just waiting on me and others like me to sow seeds so they can grow and know The Lord. The question is, how does your garden grow? Sown any seeds lately?