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Friday, April 3, 2009

Faith in a Seed


But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.~Romans 8:25 (New International Version)

With springtime, it's a reminder of new renewal like the new renewal that our Heavenly Father promises and gives to all of us. It's a choice that we all make and break by our own free will and sometimes, there are no birds in the gardens, bad weather or pests to blame, nothing other than ourselves.

I anxiously await the arrival of the seeds to my new plants and hope and pray, with the loving blessings of Our Heavenly Father, that they will be viable to be moved, eventually outdoors, to be planted and to grow deep roots in the ground to flourish.

My husband laughed at my little greenhouse.

It' s not much, something I bought from the store to help start seeds to plant outside as the days, weeks and months go by.

He would go by and laugh and say, "I don't see anything yet." or "It's not going to work," but that is the beauty of gardening when planting from scratch.

It's a lesson of having faith in what you can't see, but you know it's there and just will take time to be reveal.

Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches."~Matthew 13:32 (NIV)

Having faith is believing in what you can't always see right in front of you. It's the faith that God WILL see you through.

Yes, it's easier to just buy seedlings that are ready to plant at the nursery, but for me, tending from seed is just a reminder that we are all like that in God's garden.

Some of us may have the blessings of coming from a family that is developed and strong in their faith, others are partial sprigs and still others...well...still others are so new to the faith, they are like seeds that have just been planted and from it. God's fruit is yet to be revealed, but we have to have patience...we have to just...let it grow.

Some may flourish ,some may struggle and others...well...some may not grow at all.

Wouldn't it be great if there was a "Miracle Grow" for our faith and walk with our Heavenly Father?

Pour it on and it takes over! The truth is, like all things, we have to tend to our faith, nurture it, give it the nutrients it needs to grow and more than anything, have patience and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us in our growth and development.

Each day I walk by my little group of starters and peek over, like an impatient child, waiting to see if a stem is going to break through. Maybe it needs more watering, is the peat getting too dry?

How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees on it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land." (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.)~Numbers 13:20

For the seeds to get to where the seedlings are, it takes a lot of patience. We need to learn to cultivate and to have. Living in a fast paced society, where we get it now, is pretty difficult to reach that point a lot of time.

Sometimes overdoing things, can destroy the seeds and keep them from growing, but also under-management can do the same.

How I maintain my faith sometimes work the same as how I started my seeds.

Environment is everything.

Are there weeds to choke or limit the growth or rob it of nutrients?

Is the environment going to encourage my seeds to grow or will they just wither away or be stunted?

Nutrients are everything as well.

What type of water are they nourish with?

Is it too salty or is it pure enough?

The same goes with us and how, who and where we surround ourselves.

"......A farmer went out to sow his seed.As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear." ~Matthew 13:2-9

Like the precious seeds, I have to watch who, where and how my faith and walk with Our Heavenly Father is nurtured. And like my faith, if I don't provide the right environment, the nourishment that is needed, the chances of the seed's success can dwindled.

Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6ut when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear." ~Matthew 13:5-9
Heavenly Father, I pray that You just have mercy on this imperfect seed that keeps struggling to grow in Your word and way each day. I pray that Your Word is planted on fertile ground and my growth is not hinder by weeds that will choke my faith and growth, stunt my growth or keep me from being all YOU desire for me to be and not what I desire to be.

Lord, give me the discernment that by trying to do things on my own, I will only fail and face frustration and it's only through giving up to You and through You, can this struggling seedling grow in Your Light.


  • What are steps that you are taking today to nurture your walk with Our Heavenly Father?

  • Are there any distractions, influences or maybe need of nourishment that your spiritual faith is needing to be attend to?
  • Take some time and seek Our Heavenly Father in prayer and find out...what do you pray and hope, Our Heavenly Father can nurture and raise through you.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Denise said...

This was precious sweetie.

April 3, 2009 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

What a wonderful analogy with the seedlings! I loved it and you really gave me some points to ponder and take to heart...

April 4, 2009 at 7:26 PM  

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