I was traveling all day yesterday and I fully intended on writing; once I got home, kids fed and put to bed…I too myself – passed out. So, I apologize, I did miss a day and truly feel bad for it.
I hope that today’s post will make up for it because it seems like it will be a bit longer than most.
I was driving in my car one day and heard the Mexican Proverb – “They tried to bury us; they did not know we were seeds.”
Since I heard this, it has been stirring in my mind; it is one of those things you hear and you can pull so much meaning out of it.
Seeds – is the key word that I keep going back to in my mind. Biblically – there are roughly 41 verses I found that refer to “seeds”. Then, by doing some internet research – I found approximately 200 biblical references to “seeds”. (Disclaimer – 41 and 200 are not scientific or factual numbers…just numbers that I was able to come up with by internet research)
When you think about Earth and life on it, it is pretty obvious that “seeds” are of huge importance.
It is difficult to think of anything – life-bearing – that does not come from a seed; something planted, fertilized and then grown.
Seeds – are actually quite complex. I found an article that states this definition of seeds:
A mature fertilized ovule of angiosperms and gymnosperms that contains an embryo and the food it will need to grow into a new plant. Seeds provide a great reproductive advantage in being able to survive for extended periods until conditions are favorable for germination and growth. The seeds of gymnosperms (such as the conifers) develop on scales of cones or similar structures, while the seeds of angiosperms are enclosed in an ovary that develops into a fruit, such as a pome or nut. The structure of seeds varies somewhat. All seeds are enclosed in a protective seed coat. In certain angiosperms the embryo is enclosed in or attached to an endosperm, a tissue that it uses as a food source either before or during germination. All angiosperm embryos also have at least one cotyledon. Many angiosperms were created with specific fruits for dispersal of seeds by the wind, water, or animals.
The author of the article states:
There are too many things in this description to take note of them all. Also I changed the last sentence to state that seeds were created and did not evolve as some deceived scientists have theorized. According to this definition a seed is a self-contained unit designed for the reproduction of a species. A seed contains specific qualities that enables it to work even after extended times outside of the normal environment that they like to grow in. We understand this because we can buy seeds at the farm and garden store to plant in our backyards to grow whatever we would like. (You can read the article from The Agapegeek Blog here if you would like.)
At this time, I would like for you to take a few minutes and just think about a seed. How something so simple – is actually so complex.
How does a seed represent You?
When we plant a seed, there a lot of factors that go into the seed – producing fruit; soil, water and conditions.
When we plant a seed, it lies dormant for a time – then once the conditions are right…it grows and it then produces “fruit”.
Let’s think about this. A seed – lies dormant for a time, then when the conditions are right…it grows and it then produces fruit.
To me, I see myself in this phrase! You may see yourself too. If we are “seeds” does it not make sense that we are not all giant, fruit producing trees from the get go!
We, as a seed, have to be planted in the right conditions. This is symbolic to me because a lot of people have a “past”. Some have been more difficult than others, but that “past” was the dormant cycle of us…the seed.
When the conditions are right – when we ware ready…we, the seed, begin our process of growing.
It is here in the growth process, we are so important.
If our soil is fertile and well watered (fed by God’s word and protected by God himself) then our roots will grow deep, strong and firm.
If our soil is not fertile and well watered (if it lacks God’s word and his protection) then our roots will grow shallow, weak and fragile.
Why do our roots matter?
Well, think about a tree. If a tree has strong, firm roots; the weather conditions are less of a threat. It can with stand strong storms and continue to grow.
When a tree has weak, fragile roots – even a small storm could easily uproot it or knock it down.
Think of a person that you know who is very strong in his or her faith. When they have endured trials or hard times…how have they handled them? Often, they handle them as though they were a tall, fully grown tree – bearing the brunt of a strong wind storm. They are shaken, but not destroyed!
Their roots are firmly planted in God! God is where their faith comes from…He nourishes them and protects them!
Often, you will see those who are strong in faith – reached out to by others. Others will come to them with questions and seeking knowledge. They are sought after because their faith is obvious and just as a large, strong, mature tree stands out; so do people of strong faith.
Think about trees in the wild or in the country; trees that are growing without human interruption. You will often find many little trees or saplings that are growing around larger, mature trees. This is because the larger tree offers protection and also a good, fertile foundation. The tree is also providing, in many cases, pollen or seeds of its own – these then fall from the larger tree and produce new trees.
So, lets put us – humans- in this scenario.
Strong people of faith are large, mature trees – whom themselves started off as saplings.
These strong people of faith now have deep, strong roots in God and are able to make it through most of what life throws at them – because of these roots. Since the strong person of faith has stood strong and grown strong; they now offer protection and a good foundation for others to grow on. These strong people of faith can also themselves produce seed that will then hopefully grow and reproduce – children!
1 Corinthians 3:6-7
I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.
(Apollos was an evangelist, apologist, church leader, and friend of the apostle Paul)
This verse shows us that seeds can be planted by one person and watered by another, but God causes the growth. Sometimes we have family members, friends or co- workers that we desperately want to lead to Christ.
Often, we get frustrated when we do not see “the fruit” of our labor. This verse should provide comfort and assurance to those who are going through this.
Perhaps, you are the one meant to plant the seed and someone else or maybe multiple people will water it. When the conditions are just right…God will cause it to grow and it will grow into something more beautiful than you could ever imagine.
I know that this post has become longer than most, but I hope you will let the Lord’s spirit truly speak to you. We are all small, simplistic seeds, in the scheme of things. Some seeds fall on fertile soil and others may not, but all that we can do is make sure our soil is fertile and well cared for.
We need to read God’s word and seek his wisdom, his heart and his way.
We also, if we are not yet strong, mature trees – need to seek out one who is. We need to find someone we can talk to, ask questions and grow under. Someone whose roots are deep and firm in God, who can help us grow stronger ourselves.
We then need to realize, we may be the planter of seeds or the one who waters them; we likely will not be both in all situations. God though, is the one who creates growth! He is the one that makes the magic and the beauty happen!
I will continue with part 2 tomorrow “:-) ( I did mention it would be lengthy, right?