My girls and I venture out into the garden with a packet of seeds in hand. As I pour them out into waiting palms, they exclaim about how tiny these seeds are. I am once again struck by the wonder of nature. I reminded of the amazing potential in these tiny seeds. That given the right conditions they can put down roots, sprout and grow, lengthen and bud, and finally bloom.
All seeds are small, most fit in your hand easily, and yet in that small dark pod there is amazing potential. And yes, every seed does not end up as a giant tree, but all seeds have the potential to grow. From one seed you may get the delicate green leaves of mustard cress. From another the swaying stalks and beautiful blossoms of a tulip. And yes, overtime a dark black pip yields the amazing bountiful harvest of an olive tree.
But none of these seeds can achieve anything until they are sown. Whilst in my girls’ hands, although small and filled with potential, these seeds have no ability to grow.
Do you have seeds, filled with potential that you are holding in your hand right now? Have you done all the prep work of breaking the ground and turning the soil, and yet you are still clasping these seeds tightly in your hand unwilling to let them go?
Until you release them, out into the environment where they can thrive and flourish then they are just little brown specks in the palm of your hand.
What seeds are you holding in your hand right now?
My girls slowly make little indents in the prepared soil, and gently drop each seed in. We know that some will thrive and some will fail, and yet still we faithfully sow. For we know that none of these seeds will thrive in their hands. Each seed can only become what they have the potential to be, when they are sown.
Robert Louis Stevenson says
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
What seeds are you planting today?
I leave you with these words from Jesus for your reflection today.
Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.John 12: 24-25 (MSG)
Peace be with you,