What is the Depth of Your Soul?
I go for walks in our forest/park in the suburbs in the fall, spring and summer. It is green, lush, full of life. During those seasons I forget where I live and what cares I have for that moment.
The other day I went walking there and was shocked. It was stark, cold, no life to it. So much so I could see straight through it, it was totally exposed. I could see deeper into the soul of the trees and the park than I have ever. It gave me a creepy weird feeling, so glad there was no music playing I would have freaked myself out like something out of a movie.
Made me wonder which plants and trees were dead or dormant?
It looks stripped, stark and a blue haze rested on it.
But as I walked through that bare forest or that park filled with lots of trees I think about the seasons that God created. He created them for a reason. Winter for dormancy, Spring is a season of new beginnings, fresh blooms and the earth seems to come alive again. Summer is a season of growth and maturity. Fall is a season of transition or foreshadowing from summer to winter. And that made me smile. We need seasons in our life.
They all have been created by God and for us to function in, grow through and come out a bit changed. Just as the plants function in each season, I am reminded that their soil is essential to their life. It keeps them rooted, it give them provisions, comfort and ability to grow and flourish.
Soil is essential to that tree’s life.
Soil in Matthew 13 is equivalent with our heart. Jesus speaks in a parable of the sower where seeds fell on four kinds of soil: along the path, on rocky places, among thorns and on good soil. Which then gave the farmer four kinds of results. But Mark uses a phrase in the same parable in 4:5 that reads, “Other seed fell on rocky ground where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprung up, since it had no depth of soil.”
To have a depth of soil is crucial too thriving in life for these plants. Did you know that deep soils hold more moisture and more nutrients than shallow soils? What gets better during those seasons is the soil. They grow more nutrients and allow the plant life to flourish in the season they are supposed to.
Have you done inventory on your soil this winter? Remember you are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). Let’s understand that salvation source is God’s grace for “it is the gift of God” (v8).
God is working in your life. Sometimes it feels like God is dormant, having normal physical functions suspended or slowed down for a period of time; in or as if in a deep sleep. Who are we to say the speed that God works in our life? There are some season where I want to pull the reins back and say “Whoa Nelly!” and other times when I want to use a whip to move it along at a faster pace. But the point is He has not left you in the winter season. He promises, He will never leave you or forsake you (Deut. 31:8) and He is Promise Keeping Father.
I hope ya’ll don’t miss another amazing story on the Noisy Narrative Podcast from a friend of Frisco First and Larry Megason, Dr. Tomi Grover. She came to share with us her story of glorious ruination and how it lead her to be on an influential team to help fight against child exploitation.
When was the last time that you wanted to know if someone who was in power or in place of authority and wondered if they believed in God the Father, God the Son, Jesus and God the Spirit, Holy Spirit? We have an amazing woman doing amazing things. It was an amazing time to hear Dr. Tomi speak of her personal story. God created her to do good works for Him and through Him right where she is. We are thankful God is using her to fight evil in this world.
Dr. Tomi’s Resources from the podcast:
National Center for on Sexual Exploitation
She also wrote an book called Compelled,
that you can get on Amazon.
Book Review from Amazon: "Compelled" is a sensitive, encouraging, and motivating book about a subject that demands our attention - human trafficking. This is not simply a book that spews out statistics about this enormous problem or seeks to motivate you with guilt. The title was chosen because it is the experience of author, Tomi Grover, to get involved in being a part of the solution. Every Christian and every church will feel this same compelling call by God when they understand the situation. "Compelled" is filled with facts and resources but it goes far beyond to point the reader to ways to be involved. The problem of human trafficking is so pervasive that it will require all of us to make changes. As you read Tomi Grover's book you will realize it is "human" trafficking - these are human beings, often folks you contact frequently, that are being treated like property. If you choose to read this book, don't be surprised if you also feel compelled to get involved. Once you do, Tomi also provides the means to make it happen. There is a place for everyone who is called out by God to help.