Last week, in the first part of this creatively written story, we had the chance to meet a “city-boy” named Sower Sam who wanted to be a farmer from the time he was knee-high to a grasshopper (“Sower Sam”).
Sower Sam bought himself a field in the middle of nowhere, got a horse and wagon, and a bushel basket full of wheat. And he planted his wheat by throwing grain off the left side of his wagon – off the right side of his wagon – and even off the back of his wagon. He threw grain over his left shoulder – over his right shoulder – over the top of his bald head – and even under his armpits. And Sower Sam sowed that way because he knew in his heart that, when you’re sowing seeds, you don’t have time to make sure that every seed lands in the “right place.”
Well, this week, the delightful tale continues as a sneaky neighbor, who didn’t like Sower Sam tries to ruin his crop by scattering poisonous darnel seeds in his wheat field. Darnel makes you nauseous, it makes you dizzy, and it can even kill you as dead as you’ll ever die. And, as Sam responds to the crisis he faces, he teaches us a mighty, powerful lesson about life.
In this second part of this story, “Sower Sam (cont)”, we’re challenged to think about the good people who live in our world and about all the bad people. We’re given a chance to think about people who gossip, and about God’s command to refrain from bearing false witness against others. We’re reminded that many people like to say that they don’t come to worship because churches are filled with hypocrites; but, we’re also reminded that God’s in the business of changing those hypocrites into people who do some really great things. Life’s full of surprises when God’s at work!
If you missed last week’s episode, fear not! You can get a running start on the continuing saga of Sower Sam by listening to the first part of the story: “Sower Sam”.
I truly hope that you enjoy listening to both parts of this little story that I’ve written for you and for the members of the congregation that I serve. It’s always a joy to share God’s message with people in a creative way that invites people to think about their lives and their faith in a different way.