Food for thought…planted on good ground

planted on good ground

“Behold a sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places where they did not have much earth, and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.  But when the sun came up they were scorched and because they had no root, they withered away.  Some fell among thorns and the thorns came up and choked them.  But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundred fold, some sixty, some thirty.  He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 13

When we were camping this past week, we were in a kids resort in the middle of the woods.  There were some really big trees there that you could tell had been around for a long time.  My son crashed his bike into one, and then later asked where do the trees come from? I explained that Jesus made the trees, and every plant and creature that we see was made by Him.  So he proceeded to ask more questions.  “But mom did he just take a big tree and put it here in the middle of the woods?” I explained every tree started as a little seed, and God allowed it to fall on good soil and it grew and grew into these huge trees. Then we talked about the parable of the sower.

God spoke to my heart through this story that I explained to my son, and challenged me that I as a mother need to do all that I am capable of doing to ensure that the seeds that are being planted in my little boys are planted on good ground.  God is completely sovereign and I trust that He is in complete control of their lives and mine, but I also need to set the example for my children, I need to guide them, I need to be watching for the birds of the air (our adversary) that try to steal that seed away.  I need to be watching for the thorns (cares of this life) that want to choke out that seed.  It is my duty as the mother that God has entrusted with these little children to pour into, protect, raise up, teach, and cherish their little souls. God will bring the increase in their lives, but I must faithfully continue to plant and water, and it is my heart’s cry that they grow to bear much fruit.

What about you?  Is something in your life choking out the seed that was planted?  Is there something in the lives of your children that are choking out that seed? Is there something that is trying to snatch the seed away? It starts little, but it is the little foxes that spoil the vine.  Keep your home pure, keep your children set apart, and keep yourself as a pilgrim in this life, waiting for the return of our precious Savior.

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