Seeds are the eternal symbol of rebirth. It is both the beginning and the end, life and death, nothing and everything. A seed is a whole universe in a grain of sand.
A seed sits easily in the palm of the hand, yet it is the source of a thousand grains. It can be stored for many years, and then be stirred into life in days. And in order to rebirth, seeds need good soil.
“The hard ground “by the way side” prevents the seed from sprouting at all, and the seed becomes nothing more than bird food. The stony ground provides enough soil for the seeds to germinate and begin to grow, but because there is “no deepness of earth,” the plants do not take root and are soon withered in the sun. The thorny ground allows the seed to grow, but the competing thorns choke the life out of the beneficial plants. The good ground receives the seed and produces much fruit.” (The Parable of the Sower, also known as the Parable of the Four Soils).