The Mysterious Wind of God

Today was a perfect day for a walk.

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A picture-perfect day of abundant sunshine and generous but a not too invasive breeze.  This is the kind of day that I imagine most, if not every Bride wishes the weather to be.  This is not only a perfect day for a walk, but this is also a perfect day for anything!

On my way, I happened to see a little “wild garden” of very happy, freshly sprouted seedlings, hoping, I’m sure, to survive the danger of their unfortunate curbside location.

Normally I would have just noticed them and kept walking, but the presence of those little seeds that pushed up through that rough and rocky dirt just struck me, and I wondered “how did so many of the seedlings end up so closely together”?  It just struck me as odd, but maybe it’s not as odd as I think … So I snapped a few pics with my iPhone and continued on my way.


I began to think about a portion of the Bible called “The Parable of The Sower (Matthew 13).

I’ve embedded part of the story for you (below) in case you are not familiar with it or need a refresher.  It’s a very enlightening portion of scripture and it has to do with one of my favorite things “gardening”.  

Many times we reach down into a seed bag and “throw seed” but in the case of the little seedling garden (pictured above), I envisioned a tiny little seed being sucked out of it’s temporary “pod” home and then flown hither and yon; carried on the wind to eventually land somewhere.  Somewhere could be an inch, a foot, a yard or even many miles away.  Wind is powerful stuff, and the wind took these tiny seeds and blew them where it wanted them to land.  Amazing!

Then I remembered one of my very favorite portions of scripture which I believe goes hand in hand with The Parable of The Sower.  It is John 3:4-8, “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]

So …. our salvation is not dissimilar to seeds being blown around.  God instructs us as believers to preach the gospel.  He tells us to always be ready when the opportunity arises to open our mouth and share what God has done for us.   These words we speak are “seeds” that are planted for the benefit of the hearer.  BUT, and here is the main point … It is God Almighty who decides where the seeds of the gospel land, for we have seen based on John 3:4-8 that it is God himself who prepares the hearer to receive the word.  And … it is God himself who prompts the preacher (through the Holy Spirit) to “sow the seed” of the gospel, and it is God who calls his followers to water the seed.  In other words to keep the seed of the gospel alive so that it can grow.  And it is God himself who then once again makes certain that there is a “gardener” to continually tend that fledgling seedling so that it can grow, mature and reproduce.  But there is a warning too … God tells us that the enemy of our souls, Satan will attempt to steal the Word of God from the freshly sown soil of the hearer’s heart.  So God tells us that some of the seeds will NOT survive.  Some will have fallen on ill-prepared soil.  For you see Jesus himself explained about the seed below.

Seed = Word of God

Luke 8:4-15

Path Hearers – Those on the path – Satan steals the Word of God from their hearts
Rock Hearers – Receive the Word of God with Joy, but because they have no root, in time of testing they fall away
Thorn Hearers – Hear but the riches, pleasures, and worries of this life choke them and they don’t mature
Good soil hearers – Noble and good hearts, retain the word and produce a good crop.

…. and so by the time I arrived home, I had decided to upload this little posting as a reminder of how God met me on my walk today, and how God always shows me even on what ended up to be a nature walk, how He HIMSELF works in the life of His children.   How he works to call them, and how he works to keep them.

QUESTIONS TO PONDER:

1.  Did you “receive” The Word of God at some point in your life?
2.  Was a seed planted in your heart that never developed roots?
3.  Or did that seed die on the stony path of life?
4.  Has life’s pleasures or pains killed the seeds once lovingly planted by the “wind” of the Spirit of God?
5.  What kind of hearer are you? 

Perhaps this is a day pre-ordained for you to look at the soil and garden of your heart.  Did you choke the seed?  Or did you (like the song goes) Walk into the enemies camp and lay your weapons down?  If you did, it is never too late with God.  Bow down before him, and begin again.  As long as we have breath in our lungs it is never too late to repent, and/or to retain the word of God and produce a good crop.

Oh and so here is the little seedling I picked up by the roadside.

I don’t know what kind of seedling it is, but its leaves look just like the leaves I see onthe HUGE tree we have outside our house.  So … I’m going to nurture it and watch it grow, then I’m going to decide just where to plant it.   It’s going to need a big sunny spot where it can thrive.  But I know that this little tree will serve as a good reminder to me to “take care” of the seed God planted inside of me so long ago.

I’m glad didn’t give me (or any other human) the responsibility to decide who gets the “seed” of the gospel and who doesn’t.  All I have to concern myself with is to open my heart and mouth when/if God opens the door for me to share what HE has done for me.  God will “blow” that seed wherever he wants.

Thank you Father God!

Luke 8 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Sower

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”

When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,

“‘though seeing, they may not see;
    though hearing, they may not understand.’[a]

11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing, they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.


SO …. we don’t have to wonder why Jesus spoke in parables.  Jesus gave us the answer in Matthew 13.  Click on the link below.  It is the full account, along with Jesus own interpretation of what it means.

 

Seed = Word of God … Luke 8:4-15

Path Hearers – Those on the path – Satan steals the Word of God from their hearts
Rock Hearers – Receive the Word of God with Joy, but because they have no root, in time of testing they fall away
Thorn Hearers – Hear but the riches, pleasures, and worries of this life choke them and they don’t mature
Good soil hearers – Noble and good hearts, retain the word and produce a good crop.


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