Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.
Most of us can sing along with at least the first two lines of that familiar nursery rhyme. It is the first thing that came to mind when I heard the word grow. Now, I have a question for you; “How does your garden grow?” Seeds have been planted your whole life. Whether they be through chance encounters, purposeful seeking, or whispered prayers spoken on your behalf. The waters of God’s Word have rained down upon them. Do you see the growth?
The second thing that came to mind when I heard the word grow was the parable of the sower found in Matthew 13.
A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop– a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear.
Matthew 13: 3b-9
I’ll ask again, “How does your garden grow?” I will admit that lately I’ve let my fleshly situations make my heart that rocky place that seed is planted. I get really excited for a time, but it never lasts. I have a hard time following through with things, whether it be finishing a Bible study, cultivating a prayer habit, or even just reading my Bible every day. I long for my heart to be that good soil where God’s Word can settle in and take root.
If you find yourself in the same place I am in then let’s do it together. Don’t worry too much about tomorrow’s work. It will take care of it’s self. Just focus on today. Today I know you can read a few verses in your Bible. Today I know you can sit down and pray for one of the people on your prayer list. Before you know it you will have created that heart that is good soil for God’s Word to grow in!
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