Scatter The Seeds
Jesus said: “As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it”
Years ago an unknown author told a story about a gentleman who tore down an old building that had stood for many years in his yard. The story went like this: he smoothed over the ground where the old building once stood, and he left it untouched. The rains fell upon the ground and the sunshine warmed it. After a time, many flowers began to spring up, but they were unlike any growing in that area. Unknown to the gentleman, there had once been a garden on that exact spot. An unknown person had sown those seeds many years ago, and they had laid resting in the soil during those years. Once the sunshine and rain touched them, they began to bring forth life and beauty.
God's people are the spiritual farmers going forth to sow the seeds of God's Word. There are many occasions to spread the Good News to people. Unknown to you, that particular person may be suffering because of their lack of awareness of God's Word.
Jesus used the illustration of a farmer planting a small mustard seed in the field. The mustard seed was the smallest seed that he planted. Jesus used this story to “show that the Kingdom has small beginnings but will grow and produce great results” (NLT). Scatter the good seeds of God's Word, and they may have “small beginnings”, they may become, like the small mustard seeds, the largest of garden plants that grow into a tree.
Oftentimes, the seeds of His Word that you plant along your path will immediately produce great results. However, there may be times when it may take years for them to spring into view. Do not get discouraged or frustrated if you do not see the culmination. Remember the seeds that were planted under the old building and how long they laid dormant. It may take a long time of nurturing for the seeds to sprout because they have needed lots of rain (kindness) and sunshine (love) to chase away the darkness. The seeds will fall on good soil when all the right conditions are in a person's heart, and then, they will produce a large harvest.
“Be sure to stay busy and plant a variety of... (good seeds), for you will never know which will grow--perhaps they all will” (Ecclesiastes 11:6).
Lord God, thank You for helping us to scatter along our path of life the seeds of Your Word. Help us to let go of the seeds so they may grow and ripen. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington