I have had many conversations with people about reaping what you sow. It seems fitting to be writing this right now, in spring, which means many people are planting their vegetable gardens. Yesterday, when I arrived home from work I could see that my wife’s knees were dirty. After pondering what the cause of this would be, I concluded that she had planted her garden. The last month has been spent nursing these plants from a small seed in our living room.
If you have ever endeavoured to plant a vegetable garden you know it is hard work. Planting the seed is merely the first step. You must tend to it daily by ensuring it is fertilized, watered and that it is not being overgrown with weeds because if you don’t you will not yield a very good crop. You have to be purposeful because the weeds will grow fast.
The same could be said about marriage. How can a marriage flourish without effort? I suggest to you that Jesus is the living water to marriage. There are so many worldly distractions that can find their way into our marriages and they must be plucked out of the ground before they steal the nutrients your marriage needs to truly flourish. If you are not purposeful about drinking from the living water together in your marriage, it will not yield good fruit.
Last night, as I was laying in my hammock watching the sunset, I began to think about my marriage and some mistakes I had made. There was a situation recently that I had handled badly and I began to pray about it. I wanted Jesus to give me wisdom on how to sow good fruit into my marriage. I realized that I was giving up before my efforts could yield fruit. I realized that although I was doing the right action, I wasn’t willing to repeat that action because it was tedious, much like going out twice a day to water the garden.
That is what the verses below are saying, the rocky ground is the marriage that fails because it didn’t have the right foundation. The seeds that fell among the thorns is the marriage that continues to struggle because it is continuously being strangled by worldly distractions. The other seeds fell on soil and we are told that they produced many yields. These seeds are the marriages that are flourishing because they are being tended to and receiving living water. This is the marriage I want.
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil. They sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun rose, the seedlings were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seeds fell among the thorns, which grew up and choked the seedlings. Still other seeds fell on good soil and produced a crop—a hundredfold, sixtyfold, or thirtyfold. He who had ears, let him hear.”