“Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, ‘Behold, a sower went out to sow.'”  Matthew 13:3

In the parable of the sower and the interpretation Jesus gives to His disciples, He never once faults the sower for where the seed falls.

Oh Jesus, help us to spread Your word as often and as much as we can, not withholding it according  to our judgment of the soil condition of the hearts around us.  Here is a simple poem . . .

Open That Hand

Whatcha gonna do with that seed He brought
gonna hold it tight, with all you’ve got
’til you find the perfect place, just the right spot
where you can make sure it grows, as you think it ought
Oh, whatcha gonna do with that seed He brought?


  1. Great poem Deb,
    Reminds me of the song for the show “cops”. It underscores our responsibility to spread his word far and wide, regardless of the soil. A fellow blogger (Jenny Rain) uses a scripture that I think describes it perfectly.
    Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
    – Deuteronomy 32:2-3
    God Bless

  2. Deb, Wow, I really love this post! Very convicting, I must admit. How often do we hold tight to the seeds of our faith thinking we know where they should be sown, when we should sow on all kinds of soil and leave it to God to determine how and where it will grow. Peace, Linda

  3. Now I can hear that song, “bad boys, bad boys . . .” ha! I didn’t think of that when I was writing! ha!
    I loved the scripture from Jenny’s blog . . .so, so compelling. Haven’t visited her in awhile, but will have to again! Thanks Jim!

  4. Linda, you are so kind! Always! I don’t remember being taught on this, so it could be wrong theologically. But, it just came to me, of what all I have in His word, and that I do hold back with certain people, certain types of people . . .when what if their hearts are being tilled and softened by God, waiting for some good seed? But I just judge by the outside? Thank you for encouraging me! 🙂

  5. Deb, Jesus said, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26. I believe what you have written is theologically sound and revealed to you by the best Teacher there is! Peace, Linda

  6. “He never once faults the sower for where the seed falls.” That is a great quote; I had not thought of it like that. I did hear a preacher say once that we are called to sow the seed, not test the soil. Thank you for that thought!

  7. Thank you Ben! I’m so glad that you have heard that before! 🙂 God bless you!

  8. Whatcha do we have in here
    that is so good for my ears.
    It’s God’s voice that I hear,
    ‘Do your part with cheer
    and trust Me thereafter.’

  9. Oh that is so good! 🙂 Now I can hear Him saying that too, through you.

  10. Deb, this is the first completely Christian blog I’ve encountered as a poet. I love it. Taking a verse of Scripture, adding your thoughts, then creating a poem. This one shines – I was a singer and thought I was doing my spiritual bit offering songs that were heartfelt and from my soul. And I was. But after actually letting God into my life and embracing Jesus as my teacher and brother, I’ve been gifted with a handful of seeds. I scatter them with abandon; some of them land on rocky soil, some land where no one thought to plant yet. I don’t check for what grew and what didn’t… it’s like being Johnny Appleseed, I guess. With abandon and hoping you have peace in your life, Amy

  11. I love the idea of you being a Johnny Appleseed . .. an Amy Jesus-seed! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and leaving a beautiful comment. And for sowing seeds happily!

  12. There is a real hymn like feel to this one 😉

  13. Jessie, you are the sweetest. All these simple poems need so much work, but there is not time before I post them! ha! On the bright side, I have oodles of work for revision to fall back on! 🙂 Hope your weekend is going great!

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