A couple of weeks ago was the official start to my women’s bible study for the Fall. I have to confess that I was really excited! I took the summer off and I was counting down the days when the Fall session would start. In this session we are using the book Live Deeply to help us focus in on the Parables.
The first parable we discussed was the Parable of the Sower. (Follow the link to read its entirety for yourself.)
It's always fun for me to look back at something I’ve read many times before and discover something new. I never realized how easily I can relate to each seed in this story. In fact, my “new discovery” was that at one point or another in my life I have been each and every one of those seeds.
I have been the seed that was sown along the path. I heard the message, but I didn’t get it.
I was the seed that fell on the rocky places. I heard the word and it filled me with excitement for a short time, but I quickly lost faith and was easily swayed in my beliefs because I had no root.
I was and sometimes I still am the seed that fell among the thorns. Life’s distractions and worries can often cause me to focus on me, instead of doing what I am called to do. To share the good news. Many times the thorns prevent me from reaching out to the ones I love the most, for fear of rejection. I worry that if I share my Hope, I will lose them. My heart aches for them. I love them so.
I have had moments and hope to one day remain the seed that fell on good soil. I understand the message, I know what it says. I know the truth. I know my future. What I don’t know, is how much fruit am I bearing. Not much yet, but there is still time.
I pray that I am a seed that produces a crop that yields a hundred times what was sown. I pray that I don’t just see and hear, but that I understand and I perceive always.