But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
I've been thinking about perseverance. The Greek word translated perseverance in the NIV and NASB is used 33 times in the NT. In The King James, it is translated patience 29 times.
I was asking myself why things just plain seem to go so slow usually. I know there are good answers like that the way we are built as humans, we need to slowly grow into things. I also know that paradoxically, many things happen suddenly. Suddenly, I found what I was looking for. Suddenly, I was healed of a debilitating illness. God is paradoxical and can ask us to be patient while also doing suddenlies in our lives.
I notice the word "severe" within persevere. Per means through. Through severity.
So a crop or fruitfulness comes through severity.
You have got to go through severities or there's no fruit.