Read: Luke 8:4-15
And some fell on the rock . . . (v. 6)
The garden where I worked had two sites. The first, cultivated for ten years, was well-tended and composted regularly, and the soil was fed with nutrient-rich cover crops. This care resulted in a rich, healthy soil that was just right for growing nutritious crops. The second plot was new to us—it had lain fallow for many years, and previous to that had been overworked.
The year we bought the new plot, I recognized firsthand the impact that good care of the soil can have. The soil in our new site was hard and clay-like, difficult to dig, and easily eroded. The crops we grew in it dried out more quickly, produced less, and looked more fragile than those we grew in our other garden.
In the parable of the sower, Jesus offers a picture of God (the gardener) sowing seeds. The different types of soil reflect the conditions of different people’s hearts as they hear and receive (or don’t receive) God’s Word.
Soil is not static. A section of soil that is currently rocky or poorly irrigated can, given time and care, become very healthy and grow seeds quite well. Good gardeners don’t give up but know what it takes to make unhealthy soil conducive for growing healthy plants. We can trust and celebrate that God, our gardener, will continue to amend the soil of our hearts. —Amy Curran
As you pray, ask God to prepare the soil of your heart to receive his Word.