“Plant your hope with good seeds, don’t cover yourself with thistle and weeds.”
Thistle and Weeds, Mumford and Sons
“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some…seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.” (Mark 4:3–4, 7)
Part of the message embedded in Jesus’ parable of the sower is that God is continually and gracefully scattering the seeds of His kingdom into our lives. They are seeds that hold the promise of hope, restoration, forgiveness, reconciliation, freedom, healing, and salvation. He wants these seeds to be the foundation of our hope.
But some of us find clever ways of resisting the seeds God is sowing in our lives. Sometimes, this resistance is born from the belief that we deserve “thistles and weeds,” not the kind of hope, love and wholeness God offers. This is often true of those who’ve been grievously hurt by someone during their childhood. The result: while God tries to plant hope with good seeds, we spend time covering ourselves with thistles and weeds.
God plants hope; we cover ourselves with depression. God plants salvation; we cover ourselves with bondage. God plants healing; we cover ourselves with self-harm and self-hatred. God plants peace; we cover ourselves with fear.
But today is a day to let God clear the ground of your heart from the thistles and weeds. Today is a day to acknowledge the ways you’ve been resisting His grace and love, and throw off that which has been holding you back. Today is a day to welcome the seeds of God’s hope, grace, and power into your heart.
You can choose to continue resisting, but know that God will continue to scatter kingdom seeds in your life. His love for you is unrelenting, and He will pursue you in Christ until you He overwhelms you with His love.