D’jah Swalla a Watamellon Seed?

You meet those people that are full of those timeless and why-won’t-they-just-die jokes?  You know, like: “Did you get a haircut?”  “No, gottem all cut!”

Yuk Yuk.

When my wife was pregnant some people explained to young children that she swallowed a watermelon seed.

(eyes rolling)

But the image of a seed is also used to describe the word of God.  I know, I know.  For some of you the Bible is simply politicized, evangelical fodder that describes a mean God in the Old Testament and grace-filled one in the New  (just an aside: the Old Testament totally has a bad wrap and it’s wrong).

But with willing hearts and minds, combing through the Bible pays amazing dividends.

You read it, consider it, take it in, let it’s meaning grow as you discover new facets, then you begin to change…grow…become.  This watermelon seed of a Word has really come to life!

No joke.

May I not be like those rocky places on whom seed was thrown, who hear the word and at once receive it with joy, but since they have no root, last only a short time; when affliction or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. And may I not be like those among the thorns on whom seed was sown, who hear the word, but the worries of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and pleasures, and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it immature and unfruitful. Instead, may I be like the good soil on whom seed was sown, who with a noble and good heart hear the word, understand and accept it, and with perseverance bear fruit, yielding thirty, sixty, or a hundred times what was sown. (Matthew 13:20–23; Mark 4:16–20; Luke 8:13–15)

Boa, K. (1993). Handbook to prayer: Praying scripture back to God. Atlanta: Trinity House.

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