Mark 4:14-20  “The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop – thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”

It is harvest time in the mid-west. Combines are moving through fields. Tractors are pulling wagons. And semis filled with corn or soy beans are lined up at the coop. Because of their hard work, careful watch over their crops, and perfectly timed rain from God, the farmers have had another successful year in the field. They are reaping their reward.

I pray that your harvest is going as well. When seeds are planted on good soil, continue to work hard, carefully watch over the crop and remember that those perfectly timed rains come for a reason….  we grow best after the rain!

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