In the Bible, Jesus told stories about things that happened during their days and times to help people understand the kingdom of God. The story of the sower who put out seeds can be found in
 Mark 4: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”

My flower beds in front of house reminded me of this passage. Both sides have some of the same bushes that we planted at the same time, and yet, one sides are larger and prettier than the other.

The only explanation can be the soil underneath.

I guess even within the same flower bed, some of the soil is good, while other isn’t as good.

We can be like that too, if we aren’t careful. We might allow some things to grow that we shouldn’t in our lives, while other things aren’t in the fertile soil of God’s love and can’t grow.

Think about it. What do you need to plant into the fertile ground so it can grow?

This is a Vincent Van Gogh painting of a sower. He is my favorite painter. I love swirls and his use of lines in his paintings.