... in gathering seeds
I enjoy sowing seeds in pots, nurturing them before finally planting them out and watching them grow. As some of the early flowering plants have finished blooming now it is time to collect their seeds for next year.
The technique is very simple; just cut a stem and place it in an envelope, head down so that the seeds collect in the bottom - and don’t forget to label the envelope! But as long as those seeds remain in the envelope at the back of the drawer they remain just seeds. Only when they are sown in pots and eventually planted out do they show their full potential. As Jesus said: ‘Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.’ John 12:24 NIV. Now whilst I can sow seeds, feed and water them they will never achieve their full potential until they are planted out and receive the sunshine and rainfall they need to develop. Only God can provide that.
It always amazes me how many seeds one plant will produce, but each seed will grow into another beautiful plant. And still there will be enough seeds left over for the birds to eat. An example of God’s gracious bounty!
Similarly, God does not want us to remain simply dull, dry, brown seeds packed tidily in an envelope never displaying our full potential; God wants to be a part of our lives, God has a plan for each of us. Like those seeds we all have the potential to make a difference in the world, even if something quite small.