2020-03-25 - Seeds of Hope
Part of a fun family trip, out just long enough to beat the stir-crazy blues, included stopping by the hardware store to grab some vegetable and flower seed packs for the garden. I decided to do those this yea, rather than buying plants already started. Each of the packs of seeds shows its typical germination length, as well as the time until they are ready to harvest. While some plants like the radish emerge in less than a week, the others are all seven to fourteen days. Harvest times are more varied with cucumbers and squash at about fifty-five days, sweet corn is seventy-five days, and the super beefsteak tomato is eighty days. Similar suit follows with flowers germinating slightly differently, with more diversity in length until full bloom. As we look forward to each herbaceous treat and colorful blossom in its proper time, I thought about how God‘s plan unfolds in His time. He enlists us to share his love, and with those seeds planted in their hearts, is the potential for a relationship and an opportunity to follow him.
Much like the process of germination to harvesting in plants and flowers, there are variations for each individual as they come to know Christ, before it is translated to walking out that belief in God through daily living. When the types of attitudes and behaviors in you are the ones that you had once seen in others - leading you to ask what was so different about their lives - it is likely you have moved from young sapling to burgeoning child of God. Now, for those that willingly and joyfully follow Christ, the harvest time is still to come upon his return. But until then, I will be happy to enjoy the metaphor replayed to me all my days, in blooming tomato and cucumber plants, corn and zucchini squash along with marigolds, petunias, and coleus. He brings us beauty for right now, with the seeds of hope of his impending arrival, while we live and breathe here together. Thank you, father, for your seeds of hope, your provision for nourishing our bodies along with your words of encouragement and guidance to soothe our weary souls. And thank you for your Son who gave himself so we may never lose our place back with you at our appointed day. May we sow the seeds of your glory, as you wish to reap your harvest.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.” John 12:24-26
All verses are from the New American Standard Version (NASB) unless otherwise noted.