A man once told the story about a farmer who went out to his field to plant seed. The farmer walked towards his field joyfully. His bag of seed was strapped across his shoulder and his hat shading his face from the rising sun.
He stared round the field and mapped out a path for scattering his seed. As he scampered along his field planting, some seed fell along his pathway and the birds came and ate them.
Some fell on rocky paths, while some dropped amongst the thorns and bushy parts of the field. The farmer still stayed on course and kept scattering seeds across the field. He was certain that most of his seed fell on fertile soil. He looked forward to a great harvest.
Weeks passed and his seeds began to sprout. He noticed that the seeds that fell amongst the rocks were growing, but soon wilted away for lack of moisture. He also watched those seeds that fell amongst thorns sprout, but were soon choked up by the thorns in their midst.
After a little while, his seeds became fruits and added splashes of colour and beauty to his field. He smiled at his large harvest. He watched with excitement as many trooped in to buy his fruits and crops. Those seeds that fell on fertile ground had yielded him a great harvest.
I got to experience that feeling the farmer had some years ago. My husband discovered the pleasure of gardening and he set out to plant some seeds. He planted seeds from a sweet bell pepper and tomato fruit.
We all watched with excitement as his seeds began to sprout. And then those tiny seed grew and grew until it yielded sweet bell peppers. My husband did a lot of tending. He watered, he took out weeds and he trimmed. We finally got to savour the goodness of sweet bell peppers in our meals after some months.
By the way, the man who shared the farmer’s story is Jesus. He concluded his story with this beautiful statement after his disciples asked that he share lessons from the story.
“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word. Luke 8:11 NLT
He likened God’s word to a seed.
Do you know that every plant and tree you see today was once a seed? Continue reading