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Stress Fractures and the Parable of the Sower

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I didn't really intend to take a break between Sunday and today, but I find sometimes that writing on a daily basis is a challenging discipline...and sometimes the task is made harder by the fact that I have so many things I'd like to write about, I can't seem to choose a topic.

Circumstances collided this week to create such a challenge, and frankly, I'm in a very cranky mood today. I found out last night that I have a stress fracture in my left foot...nothing terminal or even really serious, but because I've worked hard for the past several years to develop my capacity for jogging and 5K races, it's depressing to be sidelined for the next 6 weeks.

Today's gospel reading was from Mark, chapter 4...the parable of the sower. Funny isn't it, how you can read a story so many times over a period of decades, and then see something for the first time that you've never noticed before...? In the story, Jesus is telling the story of this farmer...he throws some seed on dry and rocky ground....the sun scorches the seeds and they die before producing any crop. Then the farmer throws seed on ground and the weeds grow up around the plants...choking them off before they produce any crop...

And then...the farmer throws seed on good ground, and Jesus says that this seed produces a huge harvest...30, 60...even a 100 times greater than the planting itself.

It occurred to me today, for the first time...the seed that produced a big harvest also had to deal with the hot sun and weeds...all plants everywhere have to deal with the elements...with obstacles to growth.

The difference wasn't that the seed didn't experience difficulties or threats...but the seed was planted in fertile soil, and was able to grow in spite of the elements.

As I sit here with my foot elevated and covered by an ice pack, I can't help but reflect on the fact that challenges often derail me spiritually. I am easily distracted by the weeds of life...easily discouraged...and I think I need to cultivate my spiritual soil more carefully.

Stress challenges...relationship woes...the weeds and scorching sun of life present themselves in many different ways. The trick is to remain fruitful in the midst of it all.
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  • ALLEY2300
    Bummer on the stress fracture ... Great blog and perspective though.
    2020 days ago
    Nice interpretation to your current situation! We need a big bottle of weed be gone!
    2021 days ago
    Susie, as one who is easily distracted ALWAYS, I appreciate your spin on this parable. I've never thought of it that way. Don't let your frustration waylay you... I'm praying that you find a new and different way of being productive and fruitful during this little season. HUGS!
    2021 days ago
    Susie I truly believe that when we see something new in what we have read a million times it is because God has opened our eyes in a different way so that we can see the change. How wonderful when that happens.

    Gal six weeks will fly by, promise. Just look how fast the BLC is coming to an end. Sometimes it all goes by in the *blink of an eye* so this to shall pass, saith the Lord.

    I to will never look at this again in the same light but I also get derailed by life's weeds and the elements. Time for me to fertilize my ground with renewed spirituality so I can grow no matter what happens to me.

    Wonderful, wonderful.
    2023 days ago
    Susie, Another great, thought-provoking blog. Not only is your Lenten devotional helping with your own spiritual growth, but with that of untold others, as well. THANK YOU.
    2023 days ago
    Excellent thoughts. That really stinks about the fracture. Take care of yourself!
    2024 days ago
    Good perspective, & I will not look at this parable the same way again, now, either... They key is that your seeds are indeed planted in fertile ground. Keep watering & feeding them w/ the word & they will grow!
    Sorry 'bout your stress fracture.
    Fairy blessings.
    2024 days ago
    Hugs Susie!
    You will have fun chair dancing!
    And soon you will be back running.
    Great blog.

    2024 days ago
    Sorry about your stress fracture ... that is tough.

    Wonderful thoughts on perspective. Thank you!
    2024 days ago
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