Wild blooms grow amongst the ones that I have planted.
Have you ever felt like this flower?
Trying to survive in a rocky place? Reaching down in a narrow crevice searching for fertile soil in which to grab ahold of in order to survive and grow?
Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed
13 Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake. 2 A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore. 3 He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. 4 As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. 5 Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. 6 But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. 8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! 9 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
Where we live it is difficult to grow many things. Trees dominate the skyline, blocking much of the sunlight.
Rocks dominate the ground, and with the roots from the trees they pretty much choke everything else out.
So, when I see these wild violets popping up each spring in every crevice around the yard, as well as on the woodland trails…I am encouraged by their tenacity!
19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. 20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. 23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
The above parable explains the idea of what good soil is. I believe that good soil can be found even amongst the rocks and thorns and other difficult things that grow in our world...It just takes a bit more care in order for those seeds to survive...but it can be done...
with a lot of weeding, and digging, and heavy lifting!
God proves that he is able to do what seems difficult or even impossible...he shows us that there is good soil everywhere he plants a seed and it grows fruit...For Him it is an easy task.
Many people consider these flowers weeds…because they grow so vigorously, often taking up space where some people would rather plant more “cultivated” flowerbeds…But I like the wild flowers the best!…They are free and they are abundant, and are completely given to us from God himself!
But because they are free and abundant, should they lose their value?
I don’t think so!
But don’t we sometimes devalue the Word of God, His everyday blessings and even the gift of Jesus because they are free and abundant also?
Sadly, we sometimes do.
I remember a time when the church was praying for the provision of Bibles to the former Soviet Union when the Berlin wall was torn down…The people did not have many, because for decades they had been forbidden to own a Bible…The people were hungry…starving for the Word of God…Those Bibles became the most valuable possession for many people.
At the same time, through the American Civil Liberties Union (the ACLU) the United states was developing legislature against the personal use of Bibles in public schools as well as forbidding prayer (not only corporate prayer,but personal prayer, like one that might be included in a graduation speech.) There were also cases popping up and continuing today, where symbols of our Christian faith are no longer allowed because an individual might feel offended by a Nativity display in their town, or even the sight of a steeple with a cross, which was the case in a Michigan town recently!..The church removed the steeple.
Here is the shocking story that made headlines around the world 3 years ago:
Unfortunately, 3 years later this is not so shocking anymore as this started a trend that continues to grow today. Soon it may be commonplace.
but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
(1 Cor. 1:23)
So, where am I going with this? I am encouraging all my fellow Christians to do something right where you are…Grow!
Let the Word of God allow you to thrive amidst the rocks!
Branch out in spite of the deep roots that have overtaken the soil of your heart…And let the SONshine nourish and sustain you even though there seems to be nothing but dark clouds on the horizon lately!
Dig deeper into the Word of God, and even though it is free and abundant…value it as though it might be taken away from you at any time…First, hide His Holy Word deep within the fertile soil of your heart, and weed out whatever may try to intrude upon it’s growth. But don't allow it to stay hidden there.
And if there is anyone reading this today who has not made the decision to accept Jesus into their heart yet…Jesus is calling you to walk with Him through the garden of your heart…
Just like the angel rolled away the heavy stone sealing the tomb where Jesus' body once laid…Roll away those rocks that keep your spirit entombed in a state of death and decay…for on the other side is LIFE and healing.
And remember this: Just like with the seeds in the garden, In order for there to be growth…something in you must first die…The seed of God’s Word is Jesus. His death and burial was necessary in order for your spirit to come to life with Him in His resurrection…
Your old self, (what the Bible calls the 'old man’ ) will be changed into something new…A new creation in Christ. But first, you must lay down your pride, humble yourself and admit that you have sinned…
We are all born with a sinful nature, a nature that would rather pursue selfish pleasure instead of learning and living the way that God teaches us to live…This began in that first garden long ago, when the first man and woman disobeyed God and chose to listen to the lies of the enemy of God (Satan) instead of their Creator.
The only way this transformation can take place for you is if you accept the free gift that Jesus is offering you…His payment for your sins was death upon a cross…he did that so that you could live for all eternity in God’s heaven, instead of in the torment of hell…
The fact that he rose from the grave…was proof of His claim to be the Son of God…He is seated at God’s right hand now, but He has given each Christian the gift of the Holy Spirit…This indwelling Spirit is what transforms us from mere mortals, into the Children of God.
Springtime is a good time for believers to grow, and for unbelievers to consider renewal. It is a time for lives to begin, and blossoms to be seen everywhere…
So, now that you have been cultivating the Word growing and thriving within your heart...It will soon be harvest time!
Take the Word of God and display it in and around your home, or on your car or at your desk or workplace. Write it on your outgoing mail…include it in your everyday conversations…But most importantly live it…Let others see the beauty of a Christ centered life displayed in your daily conduct…your attitude, the way you react to those hard things around you…Shine the light of God’s Word into the overshadowed corners of your world and watch as new blooms start to appear where only emptiness was before.
Even if you are already doing these things...look for ways to do even more...
He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
|This geranium plant represents all stages of life...The dried blooms, the new buds, as well as the full bloom, even the seeds are hidden inside the plant...They guarantee future growth.|
~God Bless, and remember, we are…