"Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown."--Luke 8:8a Ah, at last, the good soil. If you've ever walked barefoot in rich, fertile soil, free of rocks and weeds, you know what that's like. It just looks and feels healthy! Soil that has been prepared for sowing provides a wonderful home for the seed to grow and flourish. Not only does it flourish, but a single grain or seed can yield a plant that produces many times more than what was planted. Taking the time to cultivate good soil yields a crop many times over. As I had mentioned in the first post of this series, soil can be amended so that it could be fit to nourish and nurture the seed. So it is with the soil of our hearts. When we take the time to help our children persevere through the hard times so that their soil is not rocky or we take the time to weed out the thorns of worry and temptation, we help them to prepare a fertile place for the Word to take root and grow deep. Of course, eventually our children will have to take care of their own heart soil. But my prayer is that for now, until they are able to do it on their own, I will be faithful to help them do the job. As they grow and learn to keep that soil fertile, God will take the good seed of the Word and multiply it a hundred times more through the lives of my children. I pray that they may have a godly impact on the world around them and in the Kingdom of God. "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." (Luke 8:8b)
Part 5 of a series: How Does Your Garden Grow?