Where I live it’s almost spring—a time for seed catalogues and redirecting our focus from indoor to outdoor planning. The more time we spend in designing the gardens , choosing our seeds carefully, and watering the delicate plants, the better chance of having an array of colorful blossoms from May to October.
In order to have an abundant harvest the farmer must choose wisely what to plant and where, long before the ground is ready for sowing. He keeps in mind an old biblical saying, “Whatever a man sows he will reap.” (Galatians 6:7)
Uncultivated ground will not remain a vacuum for long because nature will bring forth a primitive plant life, and in a few days there will be a crop of weeds decorating the landscape. Our mind is like the barren field. If we sow our thoughts carefully, there wan’t be any room for “weeds” or an unproductive life. We can choose what we wish to experience. If we wish to have our needs met and our prayers answered, we have to decide what crops to raise. Let us plant seeds of hope, joy, peace, and faith that will produce strong crops that will withstand the forces of nature.
Jesus spoke in parables about vineyards, fig trees, mustard seeds, olive branches, etc. because he knew that the people were in touch with the world around them and they would be able to understand his message.We also can learn a lot by observing the order of God’s creation and the cause and effect patterns left by the footprints of man. God created a perfect world; it is man who is destroying it as he plants the seeds of greed, lust, and self-exaltation.
We need to cultivate seeds of goodness, righteousness, and wholesome thoughts. Paul wrote, ” …whatever things are true,honest, just, pure, lovely, and of a good report, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8) There is no room for negativity in God’s kingdom, and to be able to sow good seed we must pray to our Creator, heed God’s Word, and make every thought obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5) So as the fallow ground is being prepared, choose your thoughts wisely. Then you will reap the harvest! (Judy Whittaker)