published: Sunday, June 30, 2013
The children in Sunday school creatively decorated their newly made seed packets. With some card stock, scissors, glue, stickers and markers, they let their imaginations fly. They eagerly opened the pouches to receive the wildflower seeds.
Seeds are dead things that with nurture, water, food and sunshine burst forth from their hard shells and become blossoms that bring color to the landscape and smiles to faces.
Seeds of kindness work the same way.
When we let go of our own self preservation and reach out to someone who has a need, life springs forth and smiles like flowers brighten countenances and surroundings. A gentle word, a compassionate touch, a handful of flowers or some cookies delivered to bring cheer.
I recall years ago when my 4-year-old son realized aging neighbors wouldn't have a Christmas tree. He willingly gave up his small tree. Gently he carried the decorated tree to their house.
Their faces lit up and he knew the deep joy of giving while expecting nothing in return.
Faith is like a seed as well.
Jesus used seeds and the sower to express how the truth of God's Word is received or rejected according to how fertile the soil is where it is dropped. As the farmer works the seed into the ground with his plow, some scatters onto the path, jumps in between rocks and thorn bushes; but, finally some settles in good ground. And even though only one fourth of the seed lands there, it produces 100 times that which was sown.
By faith the farmer has sown the seed and awaits the harvest while he tends the soil. The intricacies of the seed's power are like our faith. The power within is greater than may at first be realized. With continual nurturing with the water of the Word of God miraculous things happen. Faith also thrives when we praise God. By staying closely attached to the vine's life supply, faith will produce fruit beyond expectation.
Faith is not worn like a badge of honor to adorn our clothing. It's not knowledge we flaunt to impress others. It is simply a seed that needs nurturing to touch God's heart. As it says in Hebrews 11: 6, NKJV, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."
Plant those seeds of faith, nurture them, and watch what happens! Selah
Jan Merop of Sebring is a News-Sun correspondent.
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