Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect, ponder, and pray with us.
Every three years at my church when we read the parable with the different kinds of soils, (take a look at Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23) I find myself asking the question "Which kind of soil am I?" Am I the hard packed soil? So hard that no matter how good the seed is, it's just not sinking in?" The honest answer? Sometimes. Or am I the thorny soil? Soil that is so overgrown with the weeds of distractions, schedules, busyness that prayer and worship are the first to go? Sometimes. Or might I be the rocky soil? Soil that at first glance looks kind of good, but if you scratch just below the surface you discover that there just isn't much depth. And without depth, at the first signs of adversity my faith begins to whither. Again - sometimes. Or am I that good soil? Rich soil that surrounds the seed, starts the germination process, and yields thirty, sixty and even a hundredfold. "Lord, am I like that? Am I good soil?" Sometimes. Not as often as I'd like, but sometimes.
The honest answer is that depending on the circumstances, depending on the time of my life, I have been and I am all those types of soil. The same is true of you. And that's a truth that we might be disappointed about. Something we need to confess again and again. Maybe that's what we are to learn from the Parable of the soils. Good stuff leading to good prayers. "Lord let my heart be good soil."
And yet, when Jesus explains the parable, He doesn't call it the parable of the different types of soil, but rather the parable of the Sower. And because parables are typically about God and the breaking in of God's kingdom, we can conclude that the Sower is God. The Parable of the Sower is about who God is and what God does and how God goes about doing that which God does. God spreads the Word seemingly willy nilly - even recklessly (according to our standards). God sows abundantly, and generously, not holding back, not discriminating between places a or people.. The seed of the word comes to us no matter what kind of soil our hearts may be at any particular moment. The word is being sown right now, even as you read this. The word is sown when we or our kids go to camp. The word is sown when we gather for worship. God is over-the-top generous in sowing the seed of the word. That's Good News!
And maybe that's the Good News you need to be reminded about today. Maybe that's the Good News you need to be looking for and anticipating as you go through your day. Maybe that's the Good news you could be sharing with others.
Pastor David N. Anderson
VLM Board of Directors 2012-2018
St. Andrew's Lutheran Church Grand Rapids