Here in the desert, the soil is dry and sandy, and underneath it is a layer of rock called caliche which is notoriously difficult to dig through. It’s the reason houses here don’t have basements. I’m also really bad at gardening, so I don’t do a lot of planting. A potted plant on my desk has lived for about 5 weeks and it’s a new record. It’s just barely hanging on. I can only imagine how it would do if it had some nice, rich soil, and fertile land to grow in, how it might blossom and bloom. Jesus tells a story about a sower, who seemed to throw seed just about everywhere. Like fertile soil, those who heard and trusted in this good word were bound to grow into something beautiful and bear an abundance of fruit!
Sometimes in our lives we might feel dusty and dry like the desert sand. It might seem like nothing good could come from us, and we sink into despair. We can’t change our hearts ourselves. We long for that word – that someone could speak God’s love into our lives again, and we might be able to grow once more. Like a good and faithful gardener, God does not neglect us in our deepest need. Through the cross, God redeems us and makes us new again. Through the Word, God awakens us and brings us to life. Through the Spirit, God refreshes and sustains us, that we would bear fruit again.
Lord, make my heart into good soil. Help me to hear, trust, and understand you more. Amen.
Rev. Jason Adams is Senior Pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church (ELCA) in downtown Las Vegas, NV.
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