Luke 8:1-3 is pretty radical. It would be very unusual for women to follow Jesus and the other disciples. The fact that they were willing to provide for Him from their own resources tells us something about their commitment.
The parable of the sower could also be called the parable of the soils. The Holy Spirit tills the soil of hearts to make them ready for the Word of God! 8:10 shows us that without the Holy Spirit to enlighten us, none of us could believe.
John 16:7-11 “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I am going away. For if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong concerning sin and righteousness and judgment—concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”
For those of us who are believers the parable reminds us of something else. Now that the Spirit has tilled our hearts, are we making sure that our soil remains good? We need to pray, to study, to worship, and to obey if we expect to produce a harvest for God. Bearing fruit also means sharing about the kingdom. A lamp should be on a lamp stand. Faith exercised brings blessing. Use it or lose it! Those who use it are members of the family of God!
But even as members of the family of God we have times where we are fearful and we doubt, so we cried out, “Don’t you care?” Perhaps what we need during those times is a reminder of God’s providence and majesty. The one who controls the wind and the sea is holding us in the palm of His hand!