“The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22).
Many of you will be familiar with the parable of the Sower–I’ve read it many times–but the other day something I’d not thought about before came to mind.
The above verse talks about the “worries of this life” and how they choke the seed so it is no longer fruitful. Worry is something that I often have on my mind and at times it even escalates into anxiety that can be quite paralyzing .
The Bible is full of references to why we should not worry, but it’s still a trap that I easily fall into. Those of us who have chronic illness, might feel that there are plenty of times when worry might be justified, considering our circumstances–but God still calls us to trust in Him and leave the worries of our health, or whatever else we are prone to worry about, in His hands.
Earlier in the parable in verse 6 Jesus tells us that other seed was wasted:
“But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.”
We all want to feel that our lives are fruitful and that our efforts are not wasted–even those of us who may not be able to serve in ways we might once have.
These verses reiterate to me that we need to trust God with all of our worries and concerns–not dwell on them so they paralyse us from doing other things. Also the reminder that we only survive the trials of life, because we have our faith firmly rooted in God, so that we are not scorched, withered or rendered useless.
Illness should never be an excuse to become unfruitful–faith and trust should continue to spur us on in God’s service.
Prayer: Father, with Paul I would pray that we might live a life worthy and pleasing to You, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in our knowledge of You. Amen (from Colossians 1:10).
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He is teaching her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.
How do you ensure that faith and trust replace worry in your life?
We may feel like there is nothing dramatic we can do for God, that we are just stuck in maintenance mode indefinitely because we are ill. But you may never know what God can do with you. This was a video I saw recently and it touched me deeply. This woman waves to the teens going by her window on their way to school every day.
It was something she did with her husband until he passed away and now she is still changing lives by encouraging these kids and being someone they can depend on. I hope it blesses you and reminds you that there is not “small thing” you are doing. God makes whatever you offer Him into a big thing! -Lisa