On fertile soil

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 ...as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside, and the birds of the air came and devoured it.  

Mark 4:4

What a strange sight greeted my gaze as I looked out over the bay. There was old Pete the pelican bobbing around on the waves, and perched right over him was a sea gull. Looking more closely, I discovered that Pete had caught a fish, but the fish's tail was sticking out one side of his huge beak. What a dilemma the old pelican was in. He got his fish, but now to eat it he would have to open his mouth, and sitting right there ready to snatch it as soon as he did so was Mr. Sea Gull.  He knew he had Pete right where he wanted him.

As I saw the wise old sea gull ready to grab the goods from the pelican's mouth, I was reminded of Jesus' parable about the sower and the fact that as some seed fell by the wayside, "the birds of the air came and devoured it."  Jesus explained that this was a picture of Satan's antics in taking the Word from the hearts of those who, although receiving the message of grace, fail to understand and believe it.

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