Dear Little Seed,
You are small right now. Hard on the outside, barely anything on the inside, and from all appearances, you have no use at all. Or so it seems.
You’ve been in a little package with your label printed on the outside, but no one takes notice. You’re just a seed. No one sees you. You’re wrapped up, in the darkness, in an atmosphere where you are useless. Everything in your being wants to shrivel up because it looks like you’ll never see the light of day. At least it feels like that.
But one day, someone walks along, looking just for you. Yes! You! You are just what they’re looking for. They read the outside of the package and see it fits their purpose. They know just where they’re going to put you. They might rattle your packaging a little, a smile crossing their face as they imagine all your possibilities, all your purposes, all your potential. A little spark of joy flits across their eyes, just imagining it all.
“It’s going to be so beautiful,” they said!
Moments later, you’re in their car, driving home with them to find the perfect spot for you to be planted. The gardener prepares the soil. They water it, they mulch it, they put compost in it and then, they grab your packaging and open it up. There you are, beautiful seed, in all your tiny gloriousness. You sit, not knowing what is about to happen. It’s all so unknown. If you could think, you might be thinking, “What is happening? Why am I here? Why am I so little and insignificant? What could they possibly want from a tiny seed like me?”
Ahhh, boy are you in for a surprise!
The gardener pours you into his hand. He smiles. He knows. He finds the perfect spot for you in the ground and then presses you down deep into the soil. He piles some dirt on top of you and gently waters it. If you could think, you might be thinking, “What is happening? Why am I in this dark soil? This isn’t what I thought life would be like outside of my package!” Maybe, if you had a heart, you’d feel alone, frustrated, abandoned and forgotten about. Maybe you’d even feel angry. But little did you know what would happen next!
As days go by, you feel a tug. Something is happening. The dark soil still surrounds you, but suddenly, something inside you is stronger than what is pressing you on the outside. Suddenly, you feel something shift. Something is changing! You feel it moment by moment. Stretching. Pushing. Pulling. Tugging. If you could talk, you might say, “This hurts. This feels weird. I don’t like being uncomfortable, or living in the unknown. What is happening to me?” But the growing and maturing continues.
Then one day, after days or weeks go by, you feel a little pop. Your outer shell has opened. Your potential begins to stretch forward through the soil that has once held you captive. You push. You move. You grow towards the warm sun and then, the most beautiful thing of all happens! You pop out of the top of the soil! You are no longer a seed. You have grown into a tiny plant! If you could hear the gardeners voice, you would hear him say, “I’ll nurture you. I’ll keep you. I’ll water you and prune you. I’ll watch over you and protect you. One day, you will become a tree that will stand strong. Your branches will hover over the ground, giving shade to those under it. You will produce more seeds that will foster into trees, just like you. You will see amazing things. You will experience amazing things. Just trust me. I’ll stand watch over you and never leave your side.”
Dear Seed, that seed is you, and the gardener? That’s Jesus.
Sometimes we feel like we’re lost and alone, small and insignificant. Sometimes we feel tucked away, unseen, unheard, not useful. But if you could only see what The Gardener’s plan is for you. If only you knew what was inside the seed that you possess. If only you knew the potential within that hard, little shell of yours, you would dance for joy and shout it to the four corners of the earth.
Don’t let times of darkness and insignificance define you. Jesus knows your potential. Do what you do best…be the seed, and let Him do what He does best… be The Gardener!