Soil Matters

Julia Downey Davis

READ : Mark 4:1-20

Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold. (v. 8)

Spring planting. The catalogues arrive first: flower-filled, or boasting every imaginable vegetable. Next seed packets spring up in the gardening aisle. Before long grocery stores, home-improvement centers, and nurseries are overgrown with seedlings of all sizes in plastic containers and foam cups.

Despite all this emphasis on what’s germinating, the truth is that the ideal growing environment is still essential. The seed can be top-notch, but it won’t root in the rocks. Birds steal unprotected seeds before they have an opportunity to sprout. Heavy clay soil inhibits the tender seedling from ever pushing through to the light of day, and a high sand content drains the moisture needed for growth.

Jesus wanted to make sure we know that soil matters. The seed of God’s truth holds vibrant life, but flourishes only in the soil of a heart ready to accept it. In what condition is my “heart soil” today? Do I need to weed out roots of bitterness or break up the rock of unforgiveness? Am I nourishing and fertilizing the soil with time spent in prayer and Bible study on a regular basis? All these prepare my heart to receive the perfect seed of God’s Word.

PRAYER

Thank you for desiring to grow your truth in my life!