There is a path I often walk whenever I visit my husband’s parents. There are fields on either side, and wildflowers grow amongst the tall grasses. On one particular day, I was walking with my oldest daughter and my sister-in-law. We hadn’t covered much distance, since my daughter’s passion for bugs meant frequent stops to inspect milkweed and any other thing that moved. My sister-in-law bent down to pick an exceptionally large dandelion that had reached its maturity. “Make a wish!” she smiled, and handed my daughter the massive gossamer ball. The expected wish from my then-five-year-old was a new toy, a game, or a treat. Instead, my daughter paused . . . “I wish I would love God more and more and more.” Then she blew.
The wind carried the wispy-plumed seeds away, but the words hung with me. I kept the stem – though the dandelion itself had no significance, the seeds it spread were now a symbol of the words spoken by my daughter. I believe in the power of those words. I believe God heard them and will honor them.
Much can be learned from simply thinking about a seed. Jesus compares the Word of God, the Kingdom of God and faith to a seed. He compares our actions to the sowing of a seed of which we will reap according to its kind. He compares our spiritual regeneration to an implantation of imperishable seed. Among many other comparisons, Jesus Himself is a kind of “Seed.”
One can apply the same biblical principle to other areas of our lives. The talents God has placed within you . . . it begins as a seed. A dream you have for your life, your prayers, your purposes, your preparations . . . all can be woven into a parable of a seed. A simple, yet foundational, understanding of a seed is that it reproduces, it grows, and it performs both of these after its own kind. Before any of this can occur, however, it must be sown.
How many people are living to the fullness of their purpose and their giftings? It is all too common that an inner longing is disregarded simply due to underestimating the resources to accomplish it. If a talent or an understanding is yet a small seed, it is easy to look upon its minuteness, compare it to the maturity of another’s, and become immobilized by the feeling of inadequacy. If this happens to be you, then I urge you to cast off fear’s restraint and to sow that seed into your garden of life. After all, a seed is meant to grow.
I’ve experienced it myself (and I doubt I’m alone), that I’ve broken free of immobilization, sown my seed toward a particular endeavor . . . and seen . . . nothing. For many people, this can happen concerning prayers for a person or a situation in which there is no noticeable change. It may be a ministry venture that seems to have little effect. Whatever it may concern, discouragement is one of the greatest weapons used to undermine our growth, and it is prayer’s major impediment. Like a knowledgeable and patient gardener, it is important to identify discouragement for what it is and to actively weed it out of your life and guard against its return.
Galatians 6:7 states, “Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” This can be taken as either a warning or a promise. Either way, it should direct our decisions and our actions. This verse can be a great source of encouragement whenever the “fruit” of our sown desires seems long in coming. Ultimately, the fruit which God wants most in our lives is not of external accomplishment, it is of inward character. I look back on all the different wishes my daughter could have chosen. She chose the greatest of all, to “love God more and more and more.”
I kept that dandelion stem from my daughter’s wish. It wasn’t much to look at. No longer did it have its yellow radiance, nor its wispy white allure. The stem became dried and brittle and its top shown bald and seemingly humbled from the missing seeds. It struck me, however, that its beauty had never been more grand than as it was. Beauty is in a life well sown. When it is sown for God’s glory, there is nothing grander.
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