Tag: Matthew 13

Preparing Good Soil

I love beautiful gardens. Even though I don’t naturally have a green thumb, I keep trying to learn what it takes to groKuykenhof and Delft, Holland May 2004 043w healthy plants.

When I lived in CaliKuykenhof and Delft, Holland May 2004 028fornia, the soil was very rich. When I wanted to transplant geraniums from the back yard to the front yard, a friend told me, “Just pull it up and put it where you want it. Don’t even worry about getting the roots. It will grow.” She was right. It did grow. That would never work where I live in Texas. The soil is not the same.

Professional gardeners say plants rely on good soil for their fruitfulness. All agreed good soil needs these three things:

  • Air. Gardeners recommend adding what is necessary to open up a poor soil so that it can breathe.
  • Water. Good soil needs to be able to retain moisture. Water runs off heavy soil and goes straight through a soil that is too porous.
  • Fertile. Good soil is deep and rich. For good plant growth, soil needs to have a good food supply of minerals and nutrients to keep alive microorganisms, insects and other ingredients that create rich soil. The addition of peat moss, compost or other organic matter is sometimes necessary to make that happen.

When a soil is rich and fertile, it is also good for those around it. Scientists have discovered that breathing certain kinds of soil bacteria can reduce anxiety.

In Jesus’ parable of the sower, only the seed sown on good ground bore fruit. There was nothing wrong with the sower or the seed. It was what received the seed that made the difference.

We receive the seed – the word of God – and in so doing, choose which type of soil we will be. If we choose to be good soil, we need to keep the breath of God active. Through His Spirit, we bear His fruit. Our soil should be the type that will retain the Living Water as He comes into contact with us and thirst for more of His presence every second of every day. The disciplines of a holy life – prayer, worship, loving God’s word, loving the body of Christ and witnessing – will  keep our soil deep and rich. Then we will not only bear fruit, but our very presence will be beneficial to others.

Kuykenhof and Delft, Holland May 2004 083“But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces; some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (Matthew 13: 23).


Weeds or Flowers?

Yard maintenance is a must in the spring – especially in the flower gardens. If a few days go by before I work on removing weeds, they can easily overtake the plants I want to keep. Unfortunately, there have been times I have waited too long. Occasionally when I pull a weed, a good plant comes out with it. Their roots had become intertwined. I also have learned that I must dispose of the weeds by bagging them up for trash removal or burning them. If I just toss them aside, I have to deal with them again later.

1024px-2007_echinacea_purpureaI have noticed that not everyone pulls the same plants as weeds. I was at a friend’s house recently and her garden had several plants in it that I pull out of mine. On occasion, my husband will call something a weed that I thought was a flower.

So…some weeds are flowers to some people and some flowers are weeds to others! It takes knowledge and a discerning eye to know the difference.

I guess it is a matter of personal preference and what kind of garden you want to have. It is a case of “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

God does not have the same issues we do with our gardens. He knows exactly which items should be destroyed and which ones should be kept. He is, for now, allowing them to grow together. When harvest time comes, He has readied an army of angels with discerning eyes to sort them all out.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow goo240px-Wheat_close-upd seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’

He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let them grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ (Matthew 13:24-30).