Sprouting Seeds

“The kingdom of God is like this,” He said. “A man scatters seed on the ground; he sleeps and rises—night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows—he doesn’t know how. The soil produces a crop by itself—first the blade, then the head, and then the ripe grain on the head. But as soon as the crop is ready, he sends for the sickle, because the harvest has come.” Mark 4:26-29 (HCSB)

When I grow sugar snap peas, I start them from seeds. They are currently stored in an envelope in our cupboard. A week before planting time, I dampen a paper towel, put the dried up seeds on top, and seal them in a ziplock bag. Within days, the seeds have opened up, tiny white roots are grabbing the paper towel, and fragile green shoots with baby leaves are growing. I put them in dirt and water them daily. Within weeks, buds blossom and peas appear. I can’t explain it. I know what to do, but I have NO IDEA how to make peas grow. They grow. It’s not my doing. I sort of help them along, but I don’t cause the crop success. Similarly, we share the Gospel with people around us. We point out the truth, but we cannot cause them to accept it for themselves. The Holy Spirit is the one who is actively working in the lives of people and causes spiritual fruit.

Lord, thank you that you are working in the hearts of people even when I cannot see it.

By Renae, Jackson, TN