What's "worms" got to do with it?, two hands holding worms in dirt

 

What’s”Worms”Got to Do with It?

I’ve been blogging about soil and dirt and the parallels we can draw concerning our growth in Christ. So where do worms fit in? What’s “worms” got to do with it?

When I was a kid, a friend took me fishing. I loved the experience, but I hated baiting the hook. Just touching a worm made me cringe. Then I had to get past the horror of piercing it on a hook to be able to catch a blue gill.

Worms are pretty creepy, aren’t they? They wriggle and writhe, leaving slime everywhere. Despite how disgusting they look, God created them with a purpose. Likewise, we may have circumstances, or people in our lives that cause us distress. But trouble shows us we can’t do “life” on our own. It  leads us to open our hearts to the Lord and listen to His leadings.

God Created Worms to Prepare Soil for Planting

God created worms to prepare soil for planting. Worms are really strong for their size, and can power through hardened dirt despite their soft bodies. As they create tunnels, they aerate the soil, providing better drainage. They ingest decayed vegetation and break down these items into more accessible nutrients. Worm castings [manure] contain high amounts of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphates necessary for plant growth.

The Bible Compares Our Hearts to Soil That Needs to Be Prepared

Hosea 10:12 Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you.

Matthew 13:1-23 The Parable of the Sower  In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus compares our hearts to four kinds of soil. Our ability to hear God speak is dependent on the quality of our “heart soil.” The sower scatters the seed [message of His Kingdom]:

  1. Along the road
    1. His Word [seed] that falls on the wayside cannot penetrate hard ground. This dirt has been packed down by feet, animals, and carts. Worms can’t aerate this soil. Nothing can grow. I compare this road to a hardened heart. God is always speaking, but the hardened heart is hard of hearing.
  2. In rocky places
    1. Rocks crowd out what soil exists. The plants develop shallow roots, therefore, they shrivel under too much sun. Although the Word is received with joy, it is not rooted and grounded in the heart, so trouble and persecution cause the Good News about His Kingdom to wither.
  3. Among the thorns
    1. Weeds crowd out the young plants so they can’t grow to fruition. The worries of the world and deceitfulness of riches crowd out the Word so it becomes unfruitful.
  4. On good ground
    1. Seed planted in good ground produces a harvest. Earthworms are a vital component of healthy soil. Likewise, when we allow God to teach us through adversity, we grow. Our hearts soften, and we become more receptive to God’s Word and his voice.

So, what’s “worms” got to do with it? When we believe life’s trials can only bring us down we get depressed or bitter. But every adversity can become an opportunity if we stop and ask the Lord what we can learn. God has a “positive” to show us in every “negative” situation. Let’s ask Him to show us.

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

    2 replies to "WHAT’S “WORMS” GOT TO DO WITH IT?"

    • Deb Kresge

      Amen Cindy. Good word. : )

    • Cindy Noonan

      Thanks Debbie!

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