Nicole Alison serves as Coordinating Assistant to Operations at The Church of the Resurrection. Nicole finds her voice through writing. In her spare time she is a personal blogger and a ghost- writer for the Next Steps Pastor at a local church in Lenexa. Her passion is to share the love of Jesus through personal stories of redemption.
A parable can be thought of as an earthly story with a heavenly message. What I love about parables is that they proclaim truth in a relateable way. And what better way to learn about Jesus than when we can meet with Him right where we are in life? I love the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:2-9), and how a common man scattered seed onto the earth and without any further effort watched the seeds grow from wee little sprouts to a full blown harvest! I can draw a relateable truth from this parable–I need to plant the word of God in my heart, let it take root, and watch God work in my life.
I think of the “seed” that I scatter as my spiritual gift–which is encouragement. There are days and even months that I put myself out there, and stretch my spiritual muscles, and don’t see the fruit of my actions. I’m left to wonder if I’m really making a difference. But in those times I have to trust that God is still at work, and I have to learn to fully rely on Him. Like in the Parable of the Sower, I choose to trust beautiful things are happening, even though I can’t quite grasp what is going on in the present. As long as I allow the heavenly message to be engrained on my heart, I know it will be reflected in my actions, and bring forth God’s plan for my life in a way that will reap a great harvest.
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