I thought these Canadian Geese were just beautiful! But the homeowners in a Tallahassee neighborhood were not quite so enthusiastic about them! Instead of staying in the area of the lake, they roamed the streets and made themselves at home in the yards. They were even so bold as to enter open garages!
For anyone planting a lawn, these geese were especially worrisome! They considered any seeds their personal lunch buffet! I learned that they would only go after the seeds lying on the surface. Even just a fourth inch of topsoil covering the seed would keep them from being interested.
Our verse for today is part of the parable of the sower. The seeds sown did not sprout and grow as they were quickly devoured by birds. Jesus explains in verse 19 the meaning. Those who hear the Word but do not understand it are prey to the evil one who snatches away what was sown, before it can take root.
That seed is exposed and vulnerable without the topsoil of understanding. And understanding comes with faith. Those that are sincere in diligently seeking Him in faith will find Him as He has promised in Hebrews 11:6. In response to a heart of faith, He gives understanding.
I also learned that if a homeowner begins the germinating process in a plastic bag, then the sprouted seeds will not be eaten by the birds when sown. It only takes the first sign of faith and understanding to ward off those birds. Satan has no victory where there is faith!
Thank you, Lord, for giving me Your understanding. In my heart, may the seed of Your Word never stop growing!