My grandmother was so patient with her preschool age grandson. She allowed him to push the hand plow, drop some seeds into the furrow, pack down the dirt on the cucumber hills, and carry the water bucket and spill some on top of the tamped down seeds. Playing in the dirt is a favorite for most children! The love for gardening she nurtured took root and grew. I still have a tiller and love watching things grow so I can eat them!
A few times across the years brought the disappointment of having to replant because the seeds were too old or not from a reputable source. The delay in germination increased the time to harvest and sometimes the volume of the harvest. It is worth the extra effort to know the quality of the seeds you go to the trouble to plant by investigating their age, source, appearance, etc.
Life seeds are no different. If you do not trust the seeds you have, you are not prone to take the trouble to sew them in someone’s life, even your own.
Seeds are so small. How amazing it is to see how much fruit or how large a tree comes from such a small thing. Again, life is no different. Take the life of Booker T. Washington as an example. The story is told how he worked as a porter on a train. One evening he was summoned to the sleeper car of Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie inquired about the health of the young man before him who looked exhausted. He learned about this son of a former slave who was struggling to earn enough money to stay in school. Carnegie contacted the college Washington was attending and made arrangements for the youngster to stay in school. That small seed grew into the Tuskegee Institute and a wise guide to blacks building a new better way of life especially in the South.
More important even that the seeds planted in life physically are the seeds planted in the souls of others. Jesus said, ““The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants”.
On Thursday, May 27, 1999, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School Shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s sub-committee. …”Since the dawn of creation there have been both good and evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other 11 children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.
The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart. …I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy; it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! …
Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, soul and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our makeup, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. …”.
Rejoice in the seeds you have sown in the lives of others and never underestimate how large they may grow. Plant. Plant. Plant.