Christian Living

Planting a Seed

Yay! It’s been warm around here lately! Winter and I are not friends. Well, I guess I should say the lack of sun and I are not friends. The days when it’s sunny or snowy, I’m good. All the endless days of gray around here I’m not so good with.

Spring = planting in my brain. I’m always so amazed by seeds. They look so small and usually unattractive. But plant them in the ground and they become something beautiful. In John 12, Jesus talks about how seeds die. You plant them and the seed goes away and turns into something else–a plant.

I’ve talked before about being a good receiver. I love Beth Moore’s story about how she realized the difference between eating the seed and planting it. An aid worker in a third-world country talked to her about how hard it is to keep people from eating their seeds instead of planting them. Planting the seed involves a death, a loss, a surrender of something.

A few months ago, I was reminded that that’s how things are in our lives too. Sometimes we have to give up something–sometimes it’s something we really love–but it’s not a true loss. God takes our sacrifice and turns it into something else: a plant. Something that’s more beautiful and larger and amazing than we can imagine when we look at the seed.

I know there are things that I hang onto that I don’t want to let go. It’s hard to let go of something precious on the promise of something better to come later, isn’t it? Better a bird in the hand than two in the bush, as they say. But I’ve realized that God’s best is always better than anything I can imagine and so worth the loss of my seed.

What do you need to let go of and plant?

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