I’m like every person, moved by all the color and assortment of plants & flowers at the local Home Depot or Lowes. I’ll walk though the garden and exclaim how PRETTY they are and hey, let’s buy this and that! And then, I’ll remember, I have no clue of what plant from another and how they should be cared. I don’t even know the type of pot or planter to best be suited for whatever.
I laugh, because these stores actually have signs and little plastic directions stuck in the soil – indicating if outdoor or indoor (or both) or if direct sunlight or little sun, etc. I get excited when I see these contemplating, maybe I can do this! I am tricked into thinking I can be successful!
We purchase some vibrant beauty, and I ensure we have new soil for plenty of nutrients & the pot has holes at the bottom so that water can drain and no root rot and it can get air. And I feel very capable in the first few days, maybe couple weeks. And then the DESTROYER…
Either it’s watered too much, or not enough…or we’ll have an incredibly sunny day, and the bloom will get fried. Or, we have a particularly COLD night and I forget to bring in and the lusciousness freezes, never to recover! Or if it’s doing just fine, then the bugs come and eat it to destruction or the deer will feast. Therefore, whenever I feel motivated to purchase anything, I always apologize to the beauties, in advance, for their inevitable doom.
So, whenever Jesus uses the parable of the seed/sower, I’m like ugh…no not that one. If we’re talking soil, I’m foiled.
But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience – Luke 8:15 (NKJV)