Seeds and The Rock Cut


Berries in Canadian Rockies


Our route to church includes a section we call “the rock cut”. It is a small stretch where the hillside was carved out to make the road. The result is a clear view of sedimentary rock. From time to time, road engineers will clear this area of fallen rocks, trees that have grown up on the hillsides, weeds, and even a stray wild flower or two. They scrape away the rocky sides so it is safer to drive through this area and all vegetation disappears.


IMG_0612This was done a year or so ago and “the rock cut” has been a clear rocky surface again. This year as spring has been in full bloom, I noticed that the rocky hillsides are once again covered with green. Weeds are abundant, small trees have taken root again, and the sandy color of rock is disappearing under the growth of green vegetation everywhere. It is a cycle that continues over and over again.


Recently on the way to church it reminded me of the parable of the sower in Mark 4. The seed in our rock cut has not grown up quickly. Last year there was barely a shadow of green here and there, but by the end of this summer hues of green will be nearly covering this area once again. Clearly, it is not a IMG_0611soil that is friendly to seeds and yet they persist.


As I look at the area and freshly consider the parable, I see how tenacious the weeds, trees, and flowers are. They keep on growing and pushing into the soft sedimentary rock to take hold.


We often hear sermons about this parable and consider the condition of the soil, but on our rock cut and on numerous trips to the Rocky Mountains I have observed things are growing and coming to life in tiny crevices. It reminds me of the power God has given to living things. They keep on trying to grow, to find a way to continue, to bloom.


Yes, many of the green plants I saw will not thrive, but I have watched this cycle for a long time and I know that road engineers will need to return again and again to undo what is growing and causing rocks to loosen and tumble toward the roadway.


Whatever may be happening in your life, whether it seems to be parched, nearly dead or flourishing with blooms abundant, know that when God called forth life on the earth there was great power in that call.


Whatever the difficulty may be, life will continue in cycles and seasons and seek to bloom again.


He is still calling forth life in His creation, in you, in me, in all of us.

Wild Rose, Alberta, Canada


25 thoughts on “Seeds and The Rock Cut

  1. What a beautiful post. I agree, “Whatever the difficulty may be, life will continue in cycles and seasons and seek to bloom again.”
    Thank you for sharing this #blogginggrandmotherslinkparty .

  2. What a lovely post, Pam. “The power God has given to living things.” The Creator continually “calling forth life.” Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. ((hug))

  3. God is so good that He can take us, a rocky people, and grow something beautiful from us. All we have to do it be willing and trusting. I’m linking up from the Thursday Favorite Things link party.

  4. Beautiful post and pictures Pam! I especially like your closing statement. He is still calling forth life in His creation, in you, in me, in all of us. He is and always will be Creator God, isn’t he?!!

  5. Life certainly has a way of blossoming in the most unexpected places, doesn’t it. Such a testament to the fact that God is always working, growing, and moving even when we can’t see it with our eyes. Oh, for faith to trust that He knows exactly what He’s doing. Glad to be your neighbor at #porchstories today.

  6. Mmm … new life bursting into bloom in ways that sometimes surprises. I love how God’s creativity impacts our lives in ways that leave us changed.

  7. Oh, the power of God’s word throughout all of creation! It’s wild how something so beautiful can grow out of something so hard and small. I’m thankful for your post of hope today, my friend. Hugs to you!

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