Good or broken ground?
Ever had to work on a farm? When the planting season comes rolling in the farmer takes his plow and turns the dirt over for the seeds to be laid in good dirt. It gets worst before it gets better, work is involved in growing anything great. (Mental note: work is involved in growing anything great.) The Lord allows, hard times like the one we all are experiencing today worldwide.
God allows this to happen so that the stubbornness, hard hardheadedness, and ignorance is broken down in our self's to the point where we have no other option but to call upon God an to actively seek Him. The Word is then planted in our good ground and miracles begin to grow from us. Growing with Jesus brings comfort like nothing else can, when in hard times there is a sense of serenity an understanding that no matter what you go through you are going to be ok for the seeds that have been grown in God will protect you and bring you the fruits of the Spirit....
23 The seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word
and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop,
yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”