Yesterday I planted 72 broccoli seeds in our little greenhouse starter kit. Each of them holding promise. Each of these tiny seeds could, and hopefully will, produce large broccoli plants and some raw florets to eat and enjoy in the months to come. These tiny, tiny seeds!
It never ceases to amaze me as we plant seeds, both in the garden and the field, here in Beranville, how God can take a tiny seed and grow it into a big, healthy plant. It's a miracle every time! I just love how God uses these very ordinary moments of life to show us His glory and majesty!
There are so many different directions that planting seeds takes my thoughts. I could write about how God plants seeds in our hearts and causes them to grow. Think of the story of the sower and the seeds. Or about the seeds we help plant in others. One does the planting, another does the watering, but we all have a roll and are important. Doesn't matter who does what, as long as it gets done and for His glory. Or I could write about how our thoughts are like seeds, what we plant in our minds will produce either flowers or weeds. Or I could write about...what I'm going to write about. :)
When I look at those tiny seeds I think of how amazing it is that God uses something so tiny, dormant, and seemingly insignificant, and makes it into something so grand.
"...God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God...Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, "It you want to boast, boast only about the LORD." I Corinthians 1:26-31
That little seedling seems awfully powerless, tiny, insignificant, barely noticeable. Yet, the seed holds great potential. If someone recognizes it's potential; plants it, waters it and nurtures it, it will grow into something amazing! But it can become nothing on it's own.
God sees our potential and provides all that we need. But we have to realize that we're just little, helpless "seeds" without Him.
Jesus said, "Healthy people don't need a doctor - sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners." Mark 2:17
Yes, we have to realize we're just little seeds, in need of the Master Gardener! The world doesn't recognize our potential or give us what we need to grow. We are powerless to live a holy life, one with significance and that bears fruit, without Him. When we humble ourselves before Him, and submit to the process, He will grow us into something glorious!
P.S. I'm not talking just about salvation. Although that's a very important first step, it goes beyond a one time commitment. We must daily depend on the Gardener for our nourishment to grow to be all He created us to be. It's a process of growth and fruit production. :)
That's good news for this little seedling. How about you?