Thoughts from the Garden

Author: Wesley Jank
Over the weekend, I got busy building a backyard garden. It was messy, dirty, and incredibly satisfying work. As I dug up the ground and pulled roots from the earth I thought about the parable that Jesus told his disciples.

4 One day Jesus told a story in the form of a parable to a large crowd that had gathered from many towns to hear him: 5 “A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it. 6 Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants. 8 Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!”  (Luke 8:4-8).

Physical Application

What would happen if I just carelessly threw seeds in my yard. Would the seeds take? I’m no farmer but my guess is that any seeds “planted” in this way are doomed for failure.

If you're going to see a harvest it will take work. It’s not easy to prepare the dirt for receiving the seed. But it’s necessary work. If you want to give the seed the best chance at producing a plentiful harvest you have no choice but to get your hands dirty.

At one point in my gardening I found a massive root that went deep. I was tempted to leave it be, but here’s the thing: I knew that if I ignored the root it would cause harm to my plants. So, I put the work in and I dug that root out of my garden.

Spiritual Application 

As I pulled and dug I thought about my kids. I want them to be “good soil”. I want them to respond to the “seed” (God’s Word) and in the same way that I worked at ridding my garden of roots I need to work at preparing my children’s hearts. I need to search out roots of self-indulgence, rebellion and idolatry. I want their hearts to be “fertile soil” and like my garden I must get my hands dirty digging and pulling at the root of the problem.

"Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life." (Proverbs 4:23).

As parents we can't neglect our calling to labor in the hearts of our children, relentlessly digging, searching and pulling attitudes and thoughts that hinder God's Word from taking hold of their hearts. It's not easy work but it is important work. As Solomon once said, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

Grab that shovel, you’re going to need it.

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1 Comment

Bobby - April 24th, 2020 at 2:00pm

Very good. Seeing the context, even that last statement makes good sense! :-)