MAY 22

A FARMER WENT OUT TO SOW

Matthew 13:3-4 “Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “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.”
Ninety percent of the people on the African continent are farmers. As a city girl I learned a lot from them because they made their living through planting and harvesting crops. Each morning I woke up to the sound of farmers with hoes slung on their shoulders chatting and marching off to the nearby fields to work.

Farmers do not go to fields and simply toss seeds on the ground and expect all of them to grow. Farming is far more complicated than that, even in third world countries. Cultivators must know lots about preparing the soil, types of seeds to plant, and when to sow them and in what soil. The profession is complicated and dependent on the earth and the weather.
I admired the skill of the farmers. But no matter how expert the farmers were, not every seed they sowed reaped a plant.
The farmers did the job that was expected of them. They planted and had to leave the results to God.
When birds ate some of the seeds, I just can’t imagine the farmers stopping to shake their fists at or curse the birds or kill them. They kept on sowing seeds.
So should we keep planting the seeds of the Gospel message.

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About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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