Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering his seed, some fell along the path and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop – a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown. Matthew 13:3-8
In seed catalogues every variety comes with a photo. But the photos are not of the seeds; they are of, red ripe tomatoes or deep green broccoli. No one wants to see shriveled up corn or dried beans. But a farmer sees the harvest with eyes of faith. He plans in winter when snow drifts are still filling his fields. He plows in early spring without knowing when the weather will be ready for planting. Once he plants he waits because he has done all he can do. God has chosen to do the work of a farmer in our lives. He sees us when we are as cold and hard as a snow filled field. Then He sends workers da
y after day, to break up the field of our hearts for planting. Last He sent His son to die on the cross and fall like a grain of wheat into the ground of our hearts. And God does all that He does in hope that the most precious of all seeds which He has planted in us will grow in our hearts to yield an eternal harvest!
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