“As for what was sown on thin (rocky) soil, this is he who hears the Word and at once welcomes and accepts it with joy; yet it has no real root in him, but is temporary (inconstant, lasts but a little while); and when affliction or trouble or persecution comes on account of the Word, at once he is caused to stumble [he is repelled and begins to distrust and desert Him Whom he ought to trust and obey] and he falls away.” Matthew 13:20-21 ->me: This word from the Lord is so helpful to me today in understanding those in my life who are living this out. To start a race does not mean you have finished the race. Here the word is received (but not ‘understood’) with joy, but joy without understanding and commitment cannot last the course. Affliction, trouble, and persecution come from the outside and persecution is deliberately inflicted, and usually implies a religious motive. Falls away is literally ‘is tripped up’; it is not a gradual loss of interest, but a collapse under pressure. My test comes when trial presents itself, when opportunity to reflect Jesus comes when it is not popular to do so, in the quiet moments when no one is looking, and ultimately when I am faced with impossible odds. Do I pass the test by staying true to the One Almighty God of the Bible? Do I stay grounded and pursuing of the character of God even when things are going perfectly? In one swoop the Lord has helped me understand those around me who exhibit this ‘seed’ and at the same time has shown me I am in true fellowship with Him understanding, deeply, the gravity of the Spiritual implications of God’s, character, word, truth, and grace.