In today’s circuit, being green and growing your own veggies has become cool. Look at Pinterest’s success; it’s based on sharing recipes, going Paleo, and doing crafty things at home. They even have pins on good soil versus bad soil, even more interesting, Jesus himself shared a little story on this topic. In Matthew 13:1-23 the red letters speak of the wayside, stony, thorny, and good soil.
Now, we know when Jesus spoke his earthly stories, they actually had a heavenly meaning. Just wondering, what do the types of soil have to do with me, or my home, or my roles?
Debbie Windham, teacher, speaker, and counselor (among her many titles and roles) answers this in sweet, comical, yet firm words. She explains that the soil signifies our hearts. As a Wayside Woman, we are pressed down with a headend heart. We are abused, or have been abused; have been trampled on; sadly we have been wounded by people that we have loved. And when someone tries to deliver the Good Message, the seeds are scattered toward the sides and nothing penetrates; easily falling to the wayside. We are critical and bitter.
The Stony Woman may not know she is a shallow-minded woman. She fails to think things through and has no depth, no roots to seek nutrition or real strength. As someone who is Stony, we aren’t interested in a deeper walk with our Creator, we want to be spoken to in a very specific way, we are liberal, oh yes, and we have a tough time finishing projects and are easily distracted.
As a Thorny Woman we live in deceptive grounds and can be identified as double-minded. We are so busy and preoccupied with things, not necessarily bad things, but not God things. What does this mean? Do we fill our agenda to get hoorays from God or hoorays from everyone else or from social media status? Sadly, this is the place of carnality and if we’re not careful, we can go down a slippery road, and fast.
Good Soil. As a Good Soil Woman we provide fruit and our fruits sow into the life of others. Our mind is open; our heart is prepared to hear; we understand there is a need for a Savior; and we translate hearing into action. Most of all, we talk the talk, walk the walk, and don’t let anything or anyone get in the way of our relationship with Jesus.
Wayside, stony, thorny, and good… all different types of soil, all different types of hearts; however, if we take this a bit further, these are different types of seasons for each one of us (meaning, we can be each of these women within our lifespan). Our precious Creator gives us different seasons and different soils so we can be valuable to each other; for growth, for service, and for spiritual wisdom. This means we can regenerate our heart’s soil.
Which soil describes you today? And… if you want to reach out to us to speak about your season, send us an email.
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