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Ag in the Bible – Where Are You Planted?

May 27, 2012

“And he spoke many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured them up; some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth, and when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up and choked them; But others fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold, Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 13:3-9

The above picture shows an illustration of this. Neither of those stalks of corn were planted. They are what farmers call volunteer – they came up on their own. Perhaps it was from a couple kernels in the manure, perhaps from dumping the brooder or a seed dropped. Whatever the case, they found that deep soil and took root.

It wasn’t where they were intended to be – it wasn’t in an organized fashion and we’re not sure what exactly they are but are presuming they are field corn – that is, they’ll feed the chickens, not us. Only those seeds with solid roots flourish.

While we can water the garden, we can’t make up for what isn’t provided. Many areas the ground is too shallow to farm crops, and is better used for grass that feeds livestock.

Much in the same way, we’re here and starting where we’re planted. What affect will we have for His garden? What are you doing for Him? How are your roots?

The best seed isn’t always that which grows in ideal conditions – it’s that which grows where conditions are less than ideal. The seed that produces despite adverse conditions. While thorns may choke out many, heat may scorch, there’s still a wide range of conditions that may not be perfect but it’s where we’re all put for now. Make a difference right now for others.

Beaver Dam pepper plant

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