Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24
Standing in my 12x12 garden, my thoughts weave together past memories of planting with my present experience. As I lay the kernels in the ground, my mind's eye pictures my dad's hand guiding my little fingers to place each seed in a furrow. I remember the excitement of seeing the plants emerge. It still thrills and surprises me even now when I see them push through to the surface. Same as then, I feel the hope that if I care for these plants, they will most likely yield me something in return.
So what has changed? Well, my dad often has said that the garden is one of life's greatest teachers about God. Though when I was little, I could not understand comparisons between growing plants and spiritual things of God, I do now. There are many lessons from the garden, but the one that came to mind on this day was John 12:24, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit."
As I laid the seed in the ground, I knew that it would have to die in order to become what God had created it to be. From one seed would come many plants.
It is difficult to give up being concerned about what people think of me. If I'm really honest with myself, I like accolades. I like it when my children are perfect (or at least look that way). I like it when people think I have the perfect marriage. I like it when people like my house. I really just want to do what I want. But, my life is not perfect. I am so often a mess! My home, marriage, and kids all have struggles.
When I surrender to the Master Gardener's hand, I begin to see that these struggles help me die to my own personal desires. Then I am often surprised and thrilled to see Him working in me. He is making me into something far greater than I could ever be by myself. There is a hope that does not disappoint because that which has been dead in me can be brought to life through Christ. It speaks to my weakness and His greatness multiplies life through death.
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What is one thing God is asking you to give up in your life? Practice giving it up and filling that space with something God wants you to do.
God help me to deny my own wants and give me the strength to be yielded to Your will. Use me to tell more people about You so that they too may know the hope of Your saving grace. In Jesus name, Amen.
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