“A farmer went out to sow his seed.
As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path;
it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up.
The seed, said Jesus, is the word of God. Some of it fell on the path.
The path across the farmer’s fields would have been used by him, his family and labourers, and also by passers-by, to get from one place to another. Most of this would have been in the pursuit of their daily work. It was not the place for reading, receiving and responding to the Word of God. So anything that they came across would be unnoticed and trampled upon or taken away without their being aware of it. Their focus would have been on their journey and destination.
Trying to do our ‘daily reading’ on our way to work, or whilst doing other things, or in the hurry before we leave or get involved, is at best to receive merely a superficial impression of what it says. It smacks more of duty than of feeding and reflecting on what God might be saying to us. Most of it will disappear before we have gone much further with our daily schedules.
It is where we make time for God, for reading and reflecting prayerfully on His Word, that the true blessing and benefits begin to appear. This is where God has an opportunity to engage with us at a deeper and more meaningful level. As He speaks into our lives and spirits we will begin to find that it does indeed take on a new and richer significance as it feeds, guides and builds us up.
Give God a time and a place within which there is no rush.
Lord You are trying to sow Your seeds into my life. Help me to prepares a place for You that is not trampled hard with the rush of life. Amen.