SCATTERED BY GOD'S HAND

The term diaspora (a scattering or sowing of seeds) is used to refer to any people or ethnic population forced or induced to leave their traditional ethnic homelands, being dispersed throughout other parts of the world, and the ensuing developments in their dispersal and culture.

The Greek word diaspora literally means a ‘scattering or sowing of seed’.  How has your life experienced diaspora? What can you identify as the seed in your life and how has the hand of God scattered it?

Jesus told a story that speaks to a process that happens throughout the seasons of our life. It is a story that our agrarian friends in Essex and Kent Counties can relate to.

Luke 8:  (The Message)
5-8 "A farmer went out to sow his seed. Some of it fell on the road; it was tramped down and the birds ate it. Other seed fell in the gravel; it sprouted, but withered because it didn't have good roots. Other seed fell in the weeds; the weeds grew with it and strangled it. Other seed fell in rich earth and produced a bumper crop.
   "Are you listening to this? Really listening?"

Jesus went on to explain that the Word of God is the seed. Truth will grow into something lasting and fruitful when it lands in the good soil. But what happens to the seed that never gets beneath the surface? Truth is in your path and you walk over until it is stuck to the road.  It cannot be blown by the wind to open soil; so in fly the devil birds with an appetite! How much truth have we lost because it landed on the hardness of a worn path?

Seed has life in it. It will die and produce life whenever it lands in soil. Have you ever seen a blade of grass grow through a crack in a sidewalk? No-one bent down and carefully inserted seed into the cracked concrete. A little openness to the sunlight and rainwater brought about new life to the dying seed or pre-existent root beneath the surface.  But we don’t want grassy sidewalks or trees growing in the middle of a road.

If you really want to see what a seed can do, plant it in broken soil with the right conditions. 

At my friend Steve’s house, I have watched him gut pumpkins and collect the seeds. I’ve seen little containers and boxes filling up with all kinds of seed. It would be a strange and meaningless hobby if he didn’t also think about where and when he would take his collection to the dirt. 

It would also be strange if God collected truth as a hobby and never did anything with it.  He saves truth so He can throw it out into good places.

Comments

Melissa said…
Thank you for this blog. If I could apply the seed analogy to my life I would say that the seed was planted 9 years ago and has since died. Over the past 9 years I became an atheist and openly mocked the idea of a god and admitted with assertion that there was no god.
Apparently the Bible has some not-so-great things to say about people like me, who once believed but then rejected God. According to scripture I may have damned myself.

Can a plant still grow?
Kevin Rogers said…
Hi Melissa
It's amazing where and how things will grow.
The Bible has much more to say about God's heart for people who return than people who reject.
There are very few atheists in the world. More would be considered agnostic-- they have not accepted the existence of God but are willing to consider the possibility of God's existence.