Good Soil…….

I have a devotion I read every year when I first get back here to the island. It’s from Mark 4: 1-9…..”these are the ones sown in good soil- those who hear the Word, accept it and bear fruit.” It explains when gardening to ” take care of the soil and don’t worry about the plants. If the soil is good  the seed will take root and grow.”

Gardening here on our island is not easy. I have to make soil to use since the only soil we have is sand. Sand that has no nutrients in it for nourishing for the garden at all. We ship in peat moss, go to a Bahamian friend to get sheep poop and add “black sand” they sell here by the truck full. I work hard to mix this soil and get my seeds to grow. I do worry about these tiny seedlings! Too much wind, rain or sun rots them quick and I have to reseed. But when I reread this about making sure the soil is good and the plants will take care of themselves I relax a bit! Tomatoes, fresh greens, radishes, beets all taste so good come January! I will enjoy and bless the fruit of my labor.

However, I want to be good soil-have a good heart so I can bear fruit for God’s glory too. I try to remember I can not make myself “good.” It is the Holy Spirit dwelling in me that does the work, Galatians 5:22-23, so that I can bear fruit. I want my heart to be open to receive what God has for me. I can tend the soil of my heart keeping it soft, receptive and obedient to His Word. Then I can yield the fruit of righteousness.

Lord, I want to be soil in which You can plant Your Word with it’s promise of fruit. I want to be open to You every day so what You have planted takes root. Help me Lord in this I pray in Jesus name. Amen!

What kind of soil are you…….



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