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Kathy's Faith Walk

Preparing my heart for seed

I was out walking in my pasture the other day and I noticed the ground is really dry. Not just dry, but powdery dry. The extended heat mixed with a lack of appreciable moisture has left our new spring seeding not as strong as it should be, and the weeds have taken hold in some spots. In short, the seed fell on good ground and took root, but dry weather and lack of water stopped the plants from reaching their potential. That got me thinking and of course, like every other lesson I learn on the farm, the Lord uses practical application to drive home a spiritual truth, in this case, why I need to feed the seed within me.

Jesus spoke in parables, or short, simple stories from which a moral can be drawn. He understood his audience so his parables were always socially relevant. In the Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13: 1-23, Jesus told the story of a man who planted some seed and what became of it depending on the type of soil it fell on. So what does that have to do with the dust in my pasture? Plenty, but let’s just narrow it down to loving God and loving people.

Some days are just tough. Some weeks are a blessing a minute and some seasons of stress seem as if they will never end. Circumstances and the stresses of life can make the heart hard, unable to absorb water and nutrients; it has a hard time receiving the love of God. If I don’t have it I can’t share it and I can’t receive it if I don’t believe I need it, and THAT is where the dry, powdery pasture comes in.

My heart is soil. The seed of truth is the love of God which will fall on it often and in abundance. But the condition of my heart soil will directly affect the soil to seed contact necessary for germination. Is the soil moist and fertile? Has the soil been turned recently to bring up the rocks and debris which need to be removed? Or is it so dry and hard that it simply cannot My heart is soil indeed. My hearts food is the Bread of Life; my hearts water, the Living Water. Now the Bread of Life and the Living Water are both Christ Jesus which will sound crazy to those who don’t believe but to those who do…. through Him my heart can receive the love of God. The love will grow, it will mature and it will reproduce, spilling over into the lives of those around me. In Christ my heart will not be hard and dry like the dusty pasture, but soft, and more like the lush areas next to a river, full of life and ready to feed others.

Today as I write this my pasture is receiving much needed water via a brand new sprinkler system. In practicality I took steps to change the situation. The ground is softening and in time the new blades of grass will emerge. Since I have also started making more time to read the Bible to feed and water my heart, I expect to see new life there also.

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Kathy Osborne Kathy Osborne is the editor of the Co Op Country Store's newspaper, the Co Op Round-Up. In her spare time she checks in on her three grown children, or listens to her husband play music.

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