Parable of the Sower:
[Jesus said:] "Some [seeds] fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root." Matthew 13:5-6 NIV
"Listen then to what the parable of the sower means." Matthew 13:18 NIV
"The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the Word and at once receives it with joy. 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." Matthew 13:20-21 NIV
Rocky places. Quick sprouts. Scorching. Withering.
A few years ago, my husband's son who manages much of our ranch decided to plant another almond orchard. The soil wasn't as deep as the areas where he'd planted before. This time the soil was only about one to two feet deep before bedrock would prevent the tree roots from the depth he'd need. He had to prepare the soil for greater depth. Oh, the trees would grow with the shallow depth for a time, but the sun that once nurtured would soon roast them.
How far do your roots grow? Do you get deep into God's words to you, or do you let them gather dust on the shelf? Do you eagerly seek out those who will help you grow, or do you hang around folks who make fun of religion?
Pray that you won't wither. Pray that when people belittle your beliefs you will hold strong. You don't have to be on rocky ground. It's your choice.
Prayer: Precious Lord, help us to not only receive You with joy, but to give you first place in our lives. Thank You, Lord.