Planting the Seeds

February 17, 2012

As I sit on my back porch looking at the seedlings I’ve planted in cardboard egg cartons, and contemplating the miracle of the growth of these plants, I am reminded that no matter how much soil, fertilizer and water I use, germination isn’t going to occur without God’s intervention. There’s only so much I can do to make this happen. But there is something I must do. I must plant the seeds.

I’d saved empty egg cartons for months and purchased the seed packets. About a week after I’d filled the containers with potting soil, placed them in a sunny location, carefully divided the seeds and dropped them in, gently covered them with more soil, and moistened them with water from our rain barrels, tiny green sprouts begin to emerge from the earth. These once-dead kernels had come to life. Each morning as I enjoyed my morning coffee on the porch, I’d notice how much the plants had grown.

“So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.” 1 Corinthians 3:7-8. NKJV

“And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17 NKJV

God is blessing my little garden, and this is good. But there’s so much more. Will I plant the God’s spiritual seeds where they need to be planted? We plant His truths in our hearts through consistent reading of the Bible, study and meditation on the Word, and prayer. Then we can plant seeds in the hearts of family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers. How to do this best? It is by being bold in acknowledging and praising God for who He is first, then sharing what He has done in our lives, by being thoughtful and courteous in all our interactions, weaving God’s truths into the stories we write, and, most importantly, by showing (not just telling) people that we care.

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