Seeds by Kim Spahr
Well it’s that time of year again when gardeners are going crazy over seeds! I haven’t fully gotten the hang of using the seeds from the flowers the year before. So many choices of veggies and flowers! I tried a bit with my nasturtiums, calendula, and marigolds last year but only my calendula actually produced plants. I should be planting them or starting them indoors or a greenhouse early, but I run a bit behind schedule (always).
Last year I got a small greenhouse made out of plastic to start seeds in. It was not very successful to say the least. The plants needed to be watered more than if they were outside because of the extra heat inside the greenhouse. Then the plants needed to be moved around from shelf to shelf because of the amount of light. The plants at the top got more light and heat (drying out faster, too) and the plants below got less light and weren’t growing at the same rate. I learned that seeds need a lot of attention for the first month because once they sprout, they grow fast!
But isn’t that just like our relationship with God? The more Light and Water you have in your life, the faster you grow in Christ! Ever feel like you’re just being and not growing much in the Lord? Try spending some more time in the Light and drinking from the Water of Life.
Did you know that before a seed or a plant is placed in a garden, a gardener will put fertilizer or compost in the dirt so their gardens will grow faster and have healthier plants? The type of soil you have can sometimes determine the type of plant or seed you can plant. But there is one plant that will grow in any type of soil and that is the weed. Grrr!
And do you know what? They require no special care. It doesn’t matter how much rain, sun, or how good or bad the soil is, they are just there. No garden is without weeds. And so it is with us; it takes more care for a child of God so they grow to reflect the glory of God and produce fruit than it does for a person to who doesn’t know the Lord.
We need to weed so they don’t overcome the garden and choke what’s been planted. As a gardener tends to the soil, plants, and weeds, so must we read the Word, worship and praise, and fellowship. A person who doesn’t know Christ just grows up with no special care required.
Do you see the love of our Father who sent Jesus to die for our sins so the Holy Spirit could come and reveal Christ to us? We can see how He prepares a safe place for us to grow and prosper if we make that choice to abide in Him. What a loving and caring Father we have!
Have a wonderful spring! May your plants grow and prosper, reflecting the glory of God!