Mark 4:14-19 (NIV)
14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
Jesus recognises that life isn’t always straightforward. Some breeze through life with everything seemingly falling in their laps, others suffer one disaster after another, with there being no rhyme or reason behind the difference. We can’t help what soil we fall in. As Tim encouraged us on Sunday, however, we do have the choice of how we respond to the lot we receive. Do we let life crowd in? Do we give up? Or do we seize hold of Christ and the encouragement of others and press on in faith (there’s a challenge there for us all to support each other)?
Lord, give me the faith and grace I need to stand on you come what may.