This was in my email Saturday morning as Debbie and I were looking at, and learning about, the Indigo Buntings. Wayne, and his whole family, are good friends and faithful supporters of this ministry. Enjoy Wayne’s Backyard Lesson!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Helicopters and Dirt – Wayne Terry, Guest Writer
Yesterday morning as the sun was coming over the mountain, I was enjoying a cup of coffee and the beginning of a new day. I walked over to our back windows and looked out across our backyard and the golf course fairway (#8) that is behind our house. I immediately noticed the shiny spots in the grass on the golf course beyond our back yard. It looked like nuggets of gold shining in the early morning sun.
As I looked closer, I realized it was hundreds (maybe thousands) of maple tree seed pods, aka “helicopters”. Then I looked at the clump of maple trees to the left which had produced all of them and watched even more seed pods “helicopter” to the ground. I was immediately reminded of the parable of the sower that we find in the New Testament. Some of the “helicopters” had fallen on good soil as evidenced by the volunteers that obviously fell in previous years and are growing near our back fence. But, most had obviously fallen on bad soil as there were very few trees relative to the number of seed pods that had fallen to the ground. I looked where seed pods had fallen on good soil years ago and saw the tall, beautiful maple trees that had been produced.
Then I thought, you know we are sort of like those “helicopters”. We can “flutter” around and land on good soil or bad soil…we have a choice. For those of us who fall on “good soil” (the Word), get the right nutrients (instructions) and apply them to our lives can grow tall and strong in the Word and be an example for all to see. Then, we can go share our seed pods of faith, truth and love and pray that they will have an impact on people around us by falling on the “good soil” of their lives. If so, our seeds grow and bear fruit. For those who choose bad soil, they will only perish.
(Read Jesus’ Parable of the Sower, and its explanation, in Matthew 13, Mark 4, & Luke 8.)