A Sower of Seeds
As a lover of our native plants, I have come to know that seeds come in all different shapes and sizes and each plant matures and reproduces in their own timing- an attribute of variety that God gave all creatures.
As I have grown older, I have opened myself up to experiences of change; getting married, having children, experiencing death among peers and family members of all ages, moving to different states, career changes, etc. And I just can't help but wonder what I would have done without God as my rock through it all (whether I acknowledged it or not). It has become very apparent that God has planted seeds (many of them!) in my heart along the way- through many different people including Sunday School teachers, Pastors, random folks, family and friends.
And through all my experiences, I have been able to grow (more in some years than others), produce seeds, and allow those seeds to be taken by the wind and planted into many other souls. Along the way, I experienced time away from God, and I wilted, but never died.
God's word always came along to water my soul and continues to strengthen and provide wisdom to know I can depend on Him through drought or flood.
I know that each of you have many seeds planted within you that are ready to be dispersed among many! I encourage you to utilize every opportunity to spread the seeds God has nourished within you. We are all born of seed- we are given God's word to grow and produce our own seed- and when the wind blows (or when those around are faced with challenges)- this is our best opportunity to allow our seeds to flourish and plant the seed of our Lord deeper in the soil of another's soul.
Some plants are annual (meaning they grow, produce seed and die in one growing season), some are biennial (meaning they grow one year, and the next year they produce seed and die), and some are perennial (meaning they live for more than one growing season to grow and produce seed). We are perennial. We have an opportunity to produce many seeds over our lifetime!
Matthew 13: 3-8, 18-23 Parable of the Sower
"Then he told them many things in parables, saying:"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 on good soil, where it produced a crop-a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.""
"Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."
"For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations." - Isaiah 61:11