rocky ground

Rocky Ground

“Other seed fell on rocky ground where it didn’t have much soil, and it grew up quickly since the soil wasn’t deep.”
Matthew 13:5

Yesterday, I had a lovely visit with our local vicar. I recently started attending church again (Church of England). We shared our backstories with each other. It turned out we had more in common than I suspected, including many supernatural experiences.

Sharing my backstory, I had a chance to reflect on all the times the seed fell on rocky ground in my life. It’s happened frequently enough for it to have become a pattern. At the slightest sign of distress, I would flee and get sucked back into the New Age.

This is how Jesus interprets the passage above to his disciples:

And the one sown on rocky ground—this is one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. But he has no root and is short-lived. When distress or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. (Matthew 13:20-21)

Lacking Roots

Failing to put roots down is not just something that pertains to my faith and religion. It has been a lifelong pattern that stems from a spirit of rejection. I could go into countless accounts of how this has disrupted my life but that would be rather pointless.

Suffice it to say that I believe that I am now, by the grace of God, ready to break this pattern.

During the 21-day fast, I am learning to put roots down and my heart has been humbled enough to break up the rocky ground. I have carefully examined what stopped my heart from being fertile soil in the past and removed the rocks.

Trusting God OR Trusting Divination

It was on day four of the fast that I saw with absolute clarity that I had to purge all forms of divination from my life. You either trust in God, His Spirit and His Word, or you choose Tarot and astrology. You can’t do both. I couldn’t see that before because I didn’t want to.

It’s a bit like when you have trust issues stemming from childhood trauma and how that affects your love life. You end up triangulating, wrecking both relationships (and your own heart) in the process. And even if you are not outright having an affair, you cheat emotionally. Come on, loads of you reading this know exactly what I’m on about!

It is quite astounding how well that applied as an analogy for my walk with God in the past. Yup, I was a hoe. But hoe no mo.

I’m really grateful for all the stories in the Old Testament about how Israel acted like a prostitue but God kept redeeming His people. His mercy truly is endless.

Thank you, Lord, for transforming the rocky ground of my heart into a garden of YOUR delight!

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PS. As usual, the Bible passage above was selected from the Daily Audio Bible. I highly recommend downloading this free app that allows you to journey through the Bible in a year.

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