"A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up...This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved."--Luke 8:5, 11, 12 I love it when Jesus just explains his parables. That way, I know exactly what He is trying to say! No questions, no confusion, no misinterpretation.
In this parable, there is one seed, the Word of God, and one farmer. Like I mentioned yesterday, depending on the soil, there are four types of results. What kind do you have?
Back in the day, when I was in college, one of the things I liked to do was go to Putah Creek, down on the south edge of the UC Davis campus, with a bag of bread and feed the ducks. I don't know why, but I found it therapeutic. Until I met a huge goose. That monster literally bit my fingers in his eagerness to get at the bread. I think I just ended up throwing the whole lot at him and running! I didn't want to tangle with a goose!
That's what I picture with the first kind of soil. It seemed like it didn't even have a chance. The seed was sown, but just as quickly, it got snatched up so that it doesn't have time to take root.
Clearly, Jesus shows us that that is what happens to some seed. I'm sure we know of people who have heard the word clearly presented and they even are interested, but then nothing ever happens. It's like the window of opportunity passes, at least for the moment, and maybe forever.
From the time our children were very little, my husband and I have prayed for their salvation. Even though they were born in a family of faith that doesn't guarantee that the Word of God will take root in their hearts. Right now, we are praying for our little Jonathan, that the Lord will keep the "bird" away from him as we sow the seed into his heart. And we will continue to keep praying that the Lord will protect him while we do our job in beating Satan off through prayer!
How about you? Do you have a little (or big) one in your home that still has yet to come to know the Lord? Keep sowing the seed, while at the same time, shooing the birds away through faithful prayer so that that word will have a chance to take root.
Part 2 of a series: How Does Your Garden Grow?