“I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.” 1 Corinthians 3:6 NLT
A miniature oak orchard! It wasn’t what I expected to find growing in our yard after the deluge of rain. I expected a huge crop of mosquitoes. Instead there were hundreds of little trees sprouted, seemingly over night.
I never knew the acorns were there.
Our neighborhood squirrels usually run and scamper and play in the trees of our back yard. I never saw them burying their treasures all across the front lawn.
We may never know the seeds we’ve planted for God’s kingdom. A kind word here, an encouraging note there, a prayer to brighten someone’s day, a scripture to share the love of Jesus. All these seemingly minor things can be seeds of the Gospel of Christ sown in someone’s heart.
Wandering the aisles at Wal-mart, it’s all about my to-do list and agenda. I keep my head down in order not to make eye contact. I try to get in and out as quickly as possible. Think of what I am missing! Others may have sown seeds I can’t see. My focus is on my hurried schedule. How about you?
We never realize we have been walking past a field full of seeds, waiting for harvest.
I didn’t know how long the acorns had been planted.
We have been flooded with rain for several weeks. Not only is the ground drenched, our front yard looks like a lake. The acorns could have been buried there for months. It took weeks of constant, soaking rain to soften them enough to grow trees.
One thing I know about seeds: they need to be soaked to sprout. All the little oak trees had been saturated from the rain. The hard outer cover of the acorn had softened enough to crack the shell and allow the inner plant to sprout.
Some seeds take a long time to sprout. The harder the shell, the longer the sprouting process.
Have you encountered someone with a hard shell? They may need a little extra water, a little more tending, before they become soft and tender. Some people need to be soaked. Continue watering, even when you don’t see any results.
We need to water seeds we’ve planted, as well as seeds others may have planted. I’ll admit, I’ve never thought about how I could water someone else’s seeds. But let’s assume that everyone who crosses our path this week has had a Gospel seed planted in their heart. How can we water it with our words and actions?
The acorns sprouted.
I’m sure the squirrels were just as surprised as I was to see their acorns sprouting all over the yard. It seems like one day we had a yard full of water, and the next it was full of tiny oak trees!
I was so very blessed to see a seed sprout this past summer. At Vacation Bible School, my nine-year-old granddaughter asked Jesus to be her Savior. Many people planted and watered the seed of the Gospel in her heart. What a beautiful thing to see it sprout!
We may never see the growth of the Gospel seeds we’ve planted this side of heaven. Should we stop sowing and watering? No indeed! Our job is to plant, water and nurture these seeds of love. God will cause them to grow.
Every place we go is a mission field, waiting for seeds to be scattered: the grocery store, the coffee shop, our workplace. Now is not the time to play it safe. It’s time to throw buckets full of seeds of God’s love, and soak them with the Gospel truth that Jesus saves.
Until next week,
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