READINGOld Testament: Genesis 42:18-28
Psalms: Psalms 72, 119:73-96
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:8
Gospel: Mark 4:1-20
Evening Psalms: 119:73-96
DEVOTIONAL“Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled among the weeds and nothing came of it. Some fell on good earth and came up with a flourish, producing a harvest exceeding his wildest dreams.” (Mark 4:7-8, The Message)
Today’s Gospel reading about the scattered seeds makes me uncomfortable. In this story Jesus compared people to seeds that fall on different soil and experience different outcomes. I’m pretty sure that if I took the Facebook quiz on this I wouldn’t like my results. I have an uneasy feeling. With the busyness and distractions in my life, I am much like a seed that falls into the weeds and cannot produce a good harvest.
I’m writing this as the year 2015 is drawing to a close. I look back and see that, indeed, I had a busy year. Like every year. Like everyone else. I think Jesus was pretty clever using the weeds choking analogy because just like the weeds that seem to never stop popping up, so does the stuff of everyday life.
In the last few years, I have found myself drifting away from the good earth by being too caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. It’s easy to think that “someday” I won’t be so busy and “someday” I’ll get around to it. The problem, of course, is that “someday” never happens. Oh, I attend church services regularly and pray daily, but it seems as if I never get around to much more.
So what happens now? How do I get myself back from the excuses of “someday”? This year, right now, I have set goals for my spiritual life, goals which include spending time in service to others and in daily Bible reading – two things from which I had found myself drifting away. With God’s help, I can turn “someday” into “now, today” and find myself on fertile ground, away from the weeds of life.
Lord, help me to focus on my spiritual life. Help me to commit to reading Your Word and in serving others as You have called me to do. Help me to harvest a full life in You. Amen.