Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints
In my travels to and from work I have come to appreciate God’s wonderful creations and handiwork. As I reflect and ponder I see lessons of life.
I have noticed something lately that has really intrigued me and that is the beautiful rock bluffs along roadways. While these are impressive in of themselves, what amazes me the most is the trees, grass and other vegetation growing, seemingly flourishing right on and out of the rock!
Questions that have come to my mind are: How did they end up there? How could they survive in such a seemingly rocky and hard place?
In Matthew 13: 3-9 Jesus said: “Then he told them many things in Parables saying a farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It’s sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil…..”
Decisions we make in life decide whether we end up in good soil are on rocky places. Sometimes though, we end up in one or the other because of the intentional or unintentional actions of others. How we respond to the results and consequences of this is a deciding factor on whether we flourish or struggle, give up and spiritually die.
Just as trees which grow from the side of cliffs must have strong and deep roots just to hang on, we too must have strong roots of Faith anchored deep in the Gospel of Jesus Christ to keep us safe and sure in these difficult Last Days.
While most of us are blessed to have our roots in good and fertile soil -which if I may add, many take for granted- there are others who spiritual nourishment does not come so easy. These are they who must rely upon the love and support of God and others to survive day by day.
There were probably many days I traveled by and did not notice those “trees growing out of the rocks”. There are many of our fellow brothers and sisters around us who need our help. All we have to do is open our eyes and hearts and we will see them.
The worst thing we could do is to judge harshly those that are in “hard and rocky places’” and withhold our help, faith and love. Jesus never did. Neither should we!
It is my hope and prayer that we will open our eyes and hearts to the tears, struggles and needs of others and love them and most importantly nourish them with the good word of God until that glorious day we may be find all of us that choose, to be on the safe and fertile soil of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ amen.