We’ve been talking about garden stuff!
Around here the past couple of weeks. We’ve pruned and we’ve gleaned. It seems I am going backward with the entire process because today we will talk about planting.
Soil is important to seeds.
We lived in the country for thirty years and we know a thing or two about gardening. We gardened organically for at least 25 of those years. I was passionate about our garden – so much so I wrote a book about it. You can see or buy the book here.
When gardening, the soil is critically important. Because we were organic gardeners we invested a lot of time and money in dirt! One year we purchased a literal mountain of hot compost – it was so warm and rich our (then) dog, Chewy, used to dig out a spot and sleep in it. If you want to know what “hot” compost is, Google it!
I will never forget how excited we were to fill our raised beds with that mountain of gold. We shoveled and wheelbarreled load after load until the mountain was no more. The garden produced wonderful veggies – asparagus, baby bibb lettuce, french green beans, sweet peppers in a rainbow of colors, cukes, tomatoes, and so much more. The soil we invested in definitely paid off. In more ways than one – as I sold our perfect little heads of lettuce to the fine dining establishments in the county!
The Parable of the Sower
In Mark 4 we find The Teacher in a boat several feet from the shore and facing the beach, where a “whole multitude” of folks were gathered and eager to hear Him teach!
Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured it. Some [seed] fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth [soil]…But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away.
And some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
But other seed fell on good ground [soil] and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced; some thirty-fold, some sixty, and some a hundred.
He who has ears to hear? LET HIM HEAR!
Later on in the day, The Teacher explained the parable to His 12 because they didn’t understand. You can read His explanation here.
The sower sows The Word. Mark 4.14
As gardeners, we had to KNOW our soil. We invested our hard-earned money in quality seeds and we wanted to KNOW the dirt would receive the seeds and would have the right nutrients to cause them to grow, take root, and produce a harvest. Critically important for the success of the garden!
As sowers of The Word, the quality of the soil is not relevant to us – we just have to plant the seed, [The Word of Truth], at every opportunity brought before us. What happens to it [the seed we plant] is not our concern – The Master Gardener will tend it.
The Great Gardening Mystery!
I planted. Apollos watered. But God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3.6-9
The mystery solved!
Our only job? To plant the seed, which is in this case, The Word of God. The results? Are up to HIM!
It is Spring time in the northern hemisphere – what are we planting?
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