A dear friend gave me a teeny, tiny flower pot kit, which I took with us to South Carolina and planted for my grandson on Tuesday. By the following Monday, they were sprouted! It was amazing!
Seeds – so much potential! Although they look like tiny pieces of nothing, inside each itsy-bitsy seed is the potential for life. These particular seeds are Forget-Me-Nots. If you have ever grown them, you know that they are very prolific and will spread everywhere, sending their little, blue, happy faces all across your garden. But what if the seed never gets into the ground? What if there is no water? Until I planted them, the seeds never had a chance to show their full potential.
These tiny plants took so little effort on my part to make them grow. All I did was put them in the dirt, keep them wet, and cover the little pot with plastic wrap until the seeds sprouted. I am so rebuked! How often do I reject the opportunities God puts right in front of me to plant His Word by giving a Gospel tract (This is always a rebuke to me because it was through a Gospel tract tucked into a letter that I became a born-again believer), or just speaking a word of testimony to someone? We never know what God will do with a “word fitly spoken” (Proverbs 25:11).
Life, in general, is so full of potential. We were visiting two of our 11 grandchildren, ages two and five. I loved watching our granddaughter put her hand on Grandpa’s. Hers are so tiny, and I wonder what those hands will do, what will her life be like? Who will she grow up to be? What will she do, what will she accomplish? So much potential!
I recently read an article written by a missionary to Buddhist Cambodia, who related how poor nutrition in children has caused many people to be slow in their thinking and, in turn, slow in their growth as Christians. We are so blessed to live in such a wonderful, free country. As I look around at the opportunities the average US citizen has, it saddens me to think of how many people will never take advantage of the God-given potential within them. He seeks to save and direct lives, but so many are not listening. The question is am I listening? Am I putting the seed in the ground of my heart? Am I allowing the seed of God’s Word to reach its full potential in my life? Are you?
So much potential in every life! Do you ever wonder what God sees in us? Does He see the potential and weep because of our lack of interest and effort, as Jesus wept over Jerusalem? Praise the Lord, He sees what we cannot see. He is more patient than we can imagine. And He is the perfect Master, Savior, Friend, and Father! May I challenge you to be that “good ground” Christian?
“But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Matthew 13:23
Do you see it, dear friend? Our task is just to receive the Word!!! We hear God’s Word, working to understand it, and God allows the fruit to come! How freeing is that?
Oh, who can make a flower?
I’m sure I can’t, can you?
Oh, who can make a flower?
No one but God, tis true!
~ Grace W. Owens
As Paul put it: So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 1 Corinthains 3:7 (NKJV)
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