Remembering that Christ used seed as parable on multiple occasions, please read my following story with your spiritual eyes wide open.
There’s just something very refreshing about coming home from work and walking out to the garden with fresh seeds. That’s what I got to do Monday evening. After I pulled into the driveway, carried my backpack in and set it by the sofa, I kissed my wife on the face and asked “where’s my packets of seeds?” I hadn’t needed them since I planted in the spring. That was months ago so I lost track. I found my seed and tromped out to my garden spots determined to sow a little hope.
In the spring I had such high hopes for a garden that would feed us a bounty of fresh food. I sowed tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, carrots, radishes, snow peas, onions, garlic, strawberries, basil and asparagus. I knew that it would take a couple years for the strawberries and asparagus, but there would be plenty of other vegetables to feed us over the summer months.
“But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land.” 1 Kings 17:7
Fortunately I started my garden earlier than I normally do. I had some nice radishes and we really enjoyed the snow peas but it went downhill fast after that. I waited and waited to get some nice peppers but only had four all season from four pepper plants. Onions = 0, Carrots = 0, Garlic = 0, Strawberries = 7 tiny ones (but small enough to add up to one barely full sized berry.) If it weren’t for the lettuce and tomatoes we got to enjoy, we would still have lived like those who think that food only comes from the grocery store.
I have had several gardens through the years, good ones too. Everyone’s gardens suffered this year from the extreme heat and drought. I don’t begrudge or complain. Because I enjoy gardening and the taste of fresh produce I won’t stop planting. In order for us to enjoy the fruits once again, we have to labor in the garden where life is yearning to burst forth. So many of my little seed packets offered two seasons for planting April-May and July-August. It’s not too late to work toward a harvest in the autumn season, so I will sow more seed and keep sowing seed.
Father, would You bring the rain of Your word once again to so many who are thirsty for You. Help our churches to sow the seed of Christ into the souls who long to taste the freshness of new life in You. Even we who are in You are hungry for a fresh work of Your power in our day. We repent from our dry season of complaining about the weather and harsh conditions of our culture. You have commanded us to sow Christ. We ask You to let Your healing rain fall on us once again. -Amen.
Have you suffered a dry season in your life and recovered to see a season of growth and strength? Have you asked Christ to do something new and bold in your life lately? Have you given up on a friend only to share Jesus at a later date and find your friend surprisingly receptive?