“Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.”
No matter how trampled and hard and busy is the path – or road – the Lord still sows the seed of His word there. However, it can be less easily discerned and more readily overlooked or ignored. It may become trampled underfoot or kicked aside until it disappears from sight, or even avoided.
We all have hard places in our lives. Hardened by sin, calloused by pain and abuse, avoided because of challenge and fear, darkened through selfishness and rejection, neglected and unwatered by love. They can spoil our relationship with ourselves, with others and with the Lord – and drag us away from what God is wanting to do in us and with us.
Because these areas are a part of our lives they too need transformation and renewal. They are not beyond the Lord’s concern or capabilities – and His great desire is to bring light, love and healing into these areas as well. By removing the hardness and darkness He will also remove the poisonous effect they will be having elsewhere.
Ask God for His Light – to show you the areas of concern. Ask God for His Love – to soften and prepare the ‘ground’. Ask God for His Word to guide and direct you. Ask God for His Spirit to heal and transform you and to keep you from falling back again.
Trust the Lord with all of you – He does want the best for you
Father, please shine Your Light into my life and help me to lay before You the bits that have become trampled on and hard. Soak them, cleanse them and replant them with Your Love. In Jesus Name. Amen.