When I lived in MO, there was a field steps away from my house. It was a great place to let the dog run and sleuth out field mice, while I would walk and pray. This field was mowed maybe once every six weeks, so the grass could get very tall, which is a dogs dream, for they think they are on a major adventure but are actually in their own neighborhood. I lived near that field for 8 years, so I would notice changes in the field that I did not understand. There were times when the field would be freshly cut and then we would get rain for days on end, and it would soak the ground. Within a week I would notice “different” things growing. One time I saw a corn stalk growing in this “grass” field. I’m a city girl, so I do not know anything about farm land, but I have friends that do and this inquiring mind wanted to know.
I spoke to a friend of mine and she told me that farmers rotate their crops, so one year they will plant corn and the next year they will plant soy for example. She talked about how this was good for the soil and the seeds to not have the same crops planted year after year. I was fascinated by this, for it explained why I saw what seemed like random things growing in our field that were out of character for this plot of ground. She went on to explain that when there is heavy rain, seeds that have been laying dormant deep in the soil get watered when the land is saturated and this is why they spring up not every time it rains, but only when there is a heavy rain.
In our lives we have seeds that are laying dormant so we don’t realize they are there, until there is a heavy rain. These dormant seeds get watered in the heavy rain. When they spring up we have to decide what to do with these “different” things growing in our lives. It happens to all of us, and when we see them come up it is our job to root them out of our field. Jesus speaks about these seeds in Luke 8:7, 14 He says, “Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.” When seeds manifest and look different than the rest of our field, we must pull them out from the root for they were hidden in the soil from a previous planting. If we don’t pull them out, we will not mature and that will prove more problematic. I know it’s winter, but it is time to uproot some seeds that have been manifesting because of all the rain we have been experiencing.