Wednesday 24th July, 2019
Reference text: Matthew 13:1-9
Matthew 13:5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.
In high school Agriculture, I learnt of three kinds of soil: Clay, loam and sand. Loamy soil always scored the most points for suitability in planting. But the other two also had their good traits in the planting of specific kinds of crops. So if I was asked what the best kind of soil is, my answer would be:
‘The kind suitable for nurturing till fruits are available for harvest’
The kind of soil is unimportant, but its ability to support life till maturity. The kind described in today’s verse in parable of the sower was anything but that since it could only support the sprouting of shoots.
Beloved, each of us is a ground suitable for sowing or planting, but that is not enough. How deep our soil is or how far down or wide roots can reach within our soils is not the ultimate. We need to work towards becoming grounds ideal for ‘blossoming and nurturing to maturity’.
It is not enough that we have sprouts to show off, we to have need evidence of fruits ready for harvesting.
That is the kind of soil we are invited to become.
So we need to ask ourselves if in our desire to become the best versions of ourselves and to make those around us better, we provide the right environment for seeds to blossom in our soil? That is something to ponder on.