We were asked a question today in church: "How do we grow in faith"?
Does the grass know how it grows? It is a mystery.
Good soil, water, and sunlight help - but are no guarantee. We know people with seemingly all the resources, but no results. And, while hardship can stunt growth, new life can unaccountably spring up in the most adverse circumstances.
Whenever it happens, growth in faith, faith itself, is always a gift.
If there is one thing that helps the most... it is the example of others' fathfulness, others' hope, others' love. We see that so clearly in Jesus - but also in so many others. That is the best kind of soil.