“A farmer went out to sow his seed.”
Jesus might well have based the parable of the sower on the sight of a farmer in a nearby field. In any event the picture it conjured up would have been well known.
The sower would have had a bag of seed hanging from his shoulder. As he walked across the field he would have thrown handfuls of seed out in wide arcs, seeking to cover every part of it. There is a sense of abundance in the image unlike many of our modern methods which aim to plant one seed at a time by mechanical means.
The picture that Jesus creates is of God spreading His word and revelation around widely and abundantly with the intention that no one should be missed. This word would be not only the written and spoken word but would include the message proclaimed by creation itself.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4)
Our first step is to be recognise that God is, and has been, speaking to us every day. Then we need to ask ourselves how aware and receptive we are. Pause for a moment and be aware of the Bible on your shelf and the wonder of nature all around you. One contains specific words and the other a more general message – but each is alive with meaning.
Am I ‘tuned in’ to God?
Father, please open my eyes to Your communications with me – and help me to receive and treasure them. Amen.