What seeds are we planting or cultivating?
Seeds. There are different kinds of seeds. Seeds of choosing joy. Seeds of choosing Thankfulness. There are also seeds of choosing to hate or be angry and bitter about things you can’t change and again, seeds of trying to make changes.
Seeds of Fear
I was listening to a writing coaching session recently and one of the speakers mentioned that her goal was not to persuade listeners to do things her way using a fear tactic, but to educate and then offer the choice to follow those ideas. She wanted to “plant a seed” and hoped that several of the listeners would decide to shift their writing (direct marketing/sales) to be a different bent rather than fear based marketing.
It struck me while listening that in so many ways our lives should be like this. We are not to be fearful. Several of my last few posts have been in that theme- Trusting God and not being afraid by Obeying Him.
Social Media and the Media work mostly on fear based teaching. They talk about problems and keep people scared so that they keep coming back for more information on those fears. They add to the stress and they get worked up about everything so much that the fear and stress pours out into the feelings of the masses. The last several months and days demonstrate this.
Seeds of Truth
I was thinking about witnessing and giving out the Gospel. The seed in the Parable Christ told of the sower meant the Gospel. We often use the words “plant seeds of truth” and wait for God to work in lives. We don’t want to use intimidation. We want to speak truth. Some people will reject that. That’s their right as humans to make a choice to follow God or Not. Problem is, if I’m wrong, I have nothing lost for my efforts to live for God. If they’re wrong, they miss out on Heaven.
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may about to every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8
Fruit from Seeds
Seeds there are also real seeds that once planted grow into flower and fruit seeds. There are seeds of success like the time last year when I cut up an apple and one of the seeds had sprouted. I ate the apple and took the seed and planted it. I didn’t know what would happen, but the seed became a seedling and now it’s almost up to my waist. It lost its leaves when winter came and I wasn’t sure if it would survive, but I kept watering it every so often, the leaves came back and it’s grown so much this spring. That little apple tree will likely need grafting and work to actually bring forth fruit from it. If it’s not grafted, I may end up with a strange old-generational kind of fruit that could be undesirable. There are so many parallels to our lives just in thinking about fruit trees…
I also had a tomato that I cut up for a meal and there were sprouted seeds in it. I planted several of the slices in a mini greenhouse. They came up and are growing nicely.
In our two and a half years in our apartment, we’ve harvested peas, tomatoes, pumpkins (tiny ones) and herbs. We’ve also enjoyed the blossoms of geraniums and roses and hyacinths. The fruit hasn’t been abounding, but it’s been enjoyed and appreciated. The effort and time spent nurturing those plants was worth the harvest.
I can’t make anything grow. I can try to provide a “safe place for the plants.” I can provide water, and set the plants in the sunshine. I can try to protect them from wind and frost. That’s partly why I have them on our veranda instead of in the courtyard. Our courtyard gets a lot of sun and becomes hot and with our Australia sun. The veranda gets shade and is protected from the wind. It is raised up, and doesn’t get frosts. I had my tomato plants out several mornings with deep frosts in the last month, protected they’ve done well.
God makes things grow.
(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:9-12
Seeds that bare no Fruit
Then there’s the seeds of failure. I’ve started so many other plants that started out okay, then died for varying reasons. Not long ago, I started several herb and veggie seeds to get seedlings. Many sprouted but when I planted them, most died. I had one lonely pea plant that came up, the rest “gave up”. I watered the soil and tried to coax them to grow, but nothing came from my efforts. My back and legs were very sore for days after my afternoon of planting. Those seeds died. I can pitch a fit and cry and moan or I can go out and buy the vegetables since I can’t grow them or, I can start a new batch of seedlings and try to keep them alive this time.
What did I do? I started a new batch of seeds. They happily sprouted in a tray on our dining table. I planted them last week. Again, most of the seeds stayed dead in the ground, but several small shoots are coming up from the dirt. Not all will grow, and not all will bear veggies, but those that I do get to harvest I will be thankful for and enjoy the process of nurturing those little plants. I will have enjoyment from the nurturing and caring for those plants.
Why am I talking about my little garden?
Because the metaphor of planting seeds and growing fruit is relevant to today. When I was a teacher, I worked hard to plant seeds of faithfulness, hard work and honesty and desiring to please God in my students. At church I try to do the same with my Sunday School class. I want those kids to know who God is and want to know Him personally.
The world wants to plant seeds of fear and doubt and horror in our hearts and minds. We are to be shining lights and our perspective and truth can make a difference, if only for our family and those that interact with us daily.
There’s also seeds of sin which will have consequences.
We don’t have to fear today. At the end of the passage in 2 Corinthians, Paul states his thankfulness for God’s gift. Some say that gift represents Christ.
Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.
2 Corinthians 9:15
What seeds are you sowing? What fruits are you reaping today?