Friday, April 27, 2012

Created to be more than just a seed

I feel as though I had an ah-ha moment today, one of those moments when God gently spoke to me.  It had to do with us & grass seed. Crazy, I know.  Bear with me as I try to explain the little lesson learned today J  Over a week ago, we planted some grass seed in our yard, in the place where an old tree used to be.  It was dead so we had it cut down last fall.  Parts of the tree stump got ground down & was left to fill in the massive hole that was once a tree.  Over the winter, the remains of the tree settled quite a bit, so off to the greenhouse Ed went, looking for black dirt.  After 3 truckloads of the stuff, and a lot of work, the ground was ready for the seed.  We didn’t want to just plant the seed in the old remains of the tree stump, we needed to get the soil ready first, otherwise the grass probably would not grow.
We put some fertilizer down first, making sure the black dirt was as prime as it could be.  It was a bit of a community effort, as our neighbor came over and let us use his little spreader, hoping that the seed would be distributed evenly.  Thank you neighbor!  Finally, the seed was planted.  Then we had to water the ground like crazy!  Most often it was 2 times a day. 

 After a week & no sign of any growth, I started to wonder if we needed to do something different.  Were we not watering it enough?  Did it not have the right amount of sun?  Was the soil not conducive to growth?  Did we do something wrong? 

 Finally yesterday (around day 9 or 10 after seeding) I saw the first signs of life!!!  There were little wispy green things coming up out of the soil!  Yay, we did it!  We grew grass!  There is life!  I was quite excited to see that our hard work had paid off & our seed was on its way to becoming grass – exactly as it was intended to do.  What it was created for. 

Here’s where it struck me.  God created each of us for a certain purpose.  He planted us & waters us in hopes that we will grow into the thing he created for us to be.  And when he sees signs of growth, even tiny little wispy growth like the grass, he too gets excited for us!  He sees the potential of all that we can be & can do & it brings him great joy.  I wonder if he looks at Jesus when he sees us doing something he created us to do & says, “look at that – they’re being who we created them to be!” the same way that I shared my excitement with Ed?   God doesn’t want us to just be seeds.  He wants us to grow into lush, beautiful grass, working with others to become a wonderful lawn.  He doesn’t want us to become an imitation or something like crabgrass (I’m from MN where our grass is typically soft & you can actually play in it without getting cut, where crabgrass is not a welcome sight, just an FYI J).  He wants us to be just grass.  He takes delight in seeing us grow.  It brings him great joy!  It doesn’t do anyone else any good for us to just remain a little seed, all dried up, not producing any life. 

The old tree had to come down – it was dead.  And now, in its place there is new life.  Just like life in Christ.  We were once dead, but now have life & can have it to the full.  Sure, we will constantly be pruned & trimmed & go through trials, but the Lord will get us through!  It’s better to grow than to live in the pile of old stumpage, all shred to pieces. 

I have so many more thoughts & things I want to share but I will wait for another day J

Many Blessings to you!

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