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Seed scatterer

This is what the kingdom of heaven is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.  … the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how … Mark 4:26-27 (NIV)

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Come be a seed scatterer

     A kingdom of heaven gatherer.

          Sow seed into wide swaths of soil

               For planting is the laborers toil.

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Growth comes only by God’s hand

     The sprouting seed not caused by man.

          Who can know how a seed does grow

               Where the wind of the Spirit might choose to blow?

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When he comes may he find my sack

     Empty of seeds upon my back.

          Sown in soils where he has led

               A harvest sprouting from entrusted seed heads.

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One Life Planted

Matthew 12:6 “But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.” (NIV)*

Nicotiana or Flowering Tobacco

Flowering Tobacco (Photo credit: Chiot’s Run)

When the sun glares, can the plant withstand the heat? Are roots deep and strong enough to give support under pressures of life?

My educator/farmer father showed us how to grow a crop. Place each plant in a deep hole and water well. Surround with dirt pressed tight, protecting the root. It bears repeating, water well and protect the root.

Caring for the plants was ongoing. Fertilizer and nitrogen were added to nourish the soil. We hoped for rain. We walked long rows with sharp bladed hoes chopping weeds, that if given their way, would choke life out of tender plants. The plants grew tall, full, and green because roots were growing deep.

When Kentucky sun glared down hot, these plants in good soil not only survived, but thrived. My father knew how to produce a crop. It all started with the root. One root that would produce a multitude of blooms.

So likewise, protect the root of life. Replenish with the living water of God’s Word. Pull weeds that would choke life. Make the soil rich, and good. Add nutrients, such as encouragement from others, prayer, and songs of praise. We all need boosts along the way.

May your roots grow deep and strong, and may your one life planted yield a multitude of blooms.

Matthew 13:23 “But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (NIV)*

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.