Small seeds of obedience
“It always amazes me to look at the little, wrinkled brown seeds and think of the rainbows in 'em," said Captain Jim. "When I ponder on them seeds I don't find it nowise hard to believe that we've got souls that'll live in other worlds. You couldn't hardly believe there was life in them tiny things, some no bigger than grains of dust, let alone colour and scent, if you hadn't seen the miracle, could you?”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne's House of Dreams
I've been thinking about greenery a lot lately. I in no way have a "green thumb", my thumb might as well be fuchsia because I can't keep cacti alive, but plants, crops, flowers, trees--they all fascinate me.
Have you ever driven down or walked along a street an area that you were once familiar with? Were you struck by the growth in the trees? I had a memorable moment like that about a year after we returned home from Korea. John and I were moving into the house I had grown up in (cool, eh?) and it had been years and years since I had been in that area. It wasn't the new school across the way or the brand new homes down the street that marked the progress of growth for me, but the trees lining the residential streets that reminded of the passing of time. I remembered those trees being babies, brand new when my family moved into that neighborhood. And now, 20 years later, the trees are broad and shady, standing the test of time and gusty wind.
It's so incredible what can grow from tiny seeds. It's that way with our lives and behavior also, isn't it? Galatians 6:7-10 says, "...whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith."
Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
It may feel tedious or seem unimportant, but small seeds of obedience can lead to huge harvests. If I maintain my healthy diet and regular exercise, I will reap a harvest of general health and possible weight loss. If I show love and respect to my husband, I will reap a harvest of strengthening our marital relationship. If I spend time investing in my education and working hard, I will reap a harvest of knowledge and experiential skills. It's just good math. And these practical benefits are only the beginning! As believers, sowing seeds of obedience will glorify our God, period. Sow good seeds, tend the garden, reap a good harvest.
What small seeds of obedience do you need to continue to sow today? Have there been small seeds of obedience in your life that have grown into large harvests?