My sister has suddenly turned into a gardening diva. She is growing parsley, basil, lettuce and tomatoes; many, many varieties of tomatoes. She calls them her kids and talks to them as if they were her children. She also searches them daily for contraband <grin and giggle> such as caterpillars, bugs, and worms. Especially those horned green fat worms with (apparently) side detailing. Their horns vary in color and vibrancy and their side detailing also varies in texture and color. She can minutely describe them each by individual features along their common and their more complex names. Unfortunately, it’s been a very warm summer this year and her lettuce babies have been impacted by the heat. A particular section of lettuce is in trouble or has, what she describes as, bolted. What the heck is that you ask? That is when a plant doesn’t take, doesn’t grow very well and is unhealthy; ‘gone to seed’ as the saying goes. These types of plants are fairly useless and rarely support life.
Mark 4:6 AMP
“And when the sun came up, the plant was scorched; and because it had no root, it dried up and withered away.”
We too can bolt. We hear the Word, but once we get back out in the the world, we can’t remember what we’ve learned. Our roots dry up and we wither on the vine; and before we know it, we’ve bolted, running in the opposite direction and gone to seed. ‘Gone to seed‘ means that our seeds didn’t take; in other words we just stop trying to grow.
Mark 4:8 AMP
“And other seed fell into good soil, and as the plants grew and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundred times [as much as had been sown].”
Gosh, don’t we all want to be a healthy, vibrant, seed producers that yield crops hither and yon. Good, strong, deeply rooted believers that sustain life and share the strength of God’s unfailing love. Seeds from the original Sower, who sow more and more seeds as we make our way through this life, leaving the richness and strength of God’s love as we go. When we dig deeply into the Word, we will establish a root system that produces seeds that go on for generations and generations to come. Let’s do that.