“Light-seeds are planted in the souls of God’s people.” Psalm 96:11
As a gardener, I have had experience with good soil and not-so-good soil. With too much clay in the soil, potatoes and carrots are stunted or misshaped. With too much sand, the water and nutrients wash away leaving limp lettuce and small tomatoes.
For a few years I raised vegetables in a community garden in Naperville, Illinois, in a plot carved out of low land by our church. The soil was smooth and dark–almost pitch black. Early in the morning, when the cross and steeple cast a shadow over the plot, it felt like sacred space with God’s hand on the process of planting, weeding, and harvesting.
God provides the light-seed, but each person must prepare their own soil. Before receiving the seed, three things must be done:
1: Analyze your soil: Is it a wad of clay molded from grudges, or greed, or is like sand and lacking nutrients from making bad choices or poor decisions?
2: Prepare the soil: Till up the compacted soil in your soul: Breathe out bad thoughts to allow good thoughts room to grow. Add blessings to your sandy soil.
3: Fertilize: Give life to old soil through whatever makes you feel at peace, such as meditation, listening to good music, or spending time in nature.
May the seeds you plant thrive in your soil.
Dear Lord, give us good soil to receive your blessings. Amen.