Have you ever read this book to your children? It is an oldie but a goody! It was actually wrote in 1945!
Anyhow, as I read this book to the kids this afternoon it really resonated with me. You see, the story is about a little boy who plants one teeny, tiny carrot seed. As he waits in anticipation for the carrot to grow, his family, not seeing anything growing, tells him the carrot seed won't come up. This however does not deter this little boy. Every day he is out there pulling up the weeds and sprinkling the ground with water. But nothing comes up. The family is quick to remind him yet again that the seed won't come up. The boy stays steadfast and continues weeding and watering the seed. And then one day, the carrot comes up just as the little boy knew it would. The last picture in the book is of this little boy hauling this huge carrot away in his wheelbarrow. LOL!
This story hit me on so many levels and maybe it will be meaningless to you but I thought I'd share it anyway. The seed could represent so many things in our lives....seeds of faith we are planting in our children, seeds of faith God is planting in our hearts as we trust Him more, seeds of love that will grow and bloom into a beautiful flower in His time, seeds of adoption that will be planted in our families because of our willingness to step out, seeds of salvation as we share our testimony with others, seeds of belief for healing that are planted because we share how God has healed us of something, the list is endless.
When this tiny seed is planted we don't see it germinating and growing under the soil. We need to believe it is doing what it was intended to do. Just as these seeds are planted in our hearts or in someone else's we won't see instantaneous results, we have to expect there to be a germinating time. So, we wait in anticipation. We continue to cultivate the area around the seed, removing negative thoughts, doubts, fears and generously watering our seed with God's truth. Although others do not see anything we know we planted a seed and so we continue to cultivate good soil by praying and preparing.
Soon people start questioning you about this seed and why you continue to hold on to dead dreams and hopes. After all, there is nothing growing (or so they think!) But you know God is at work and you can't wait to see just what He will do! So you wait with baited breath and eager anticipation. And then, much to everyone's surprise but yours, your seed grows and blooms. Not only does it bloom but it produces much fruit which ripples down from generation to generation to generation!!!
(This can work both ways with good fruit and bad fruit, so be careful what you plant!)
One teeny, tiny seed can produce big results. We must be steadfast in protecting, cultivating and fertilizing our "seeds" that God has given us. Not only does this produce a healthy crop but it also produces a healthy, strong faith foundation to withstand the next season of germination in our lives.
Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phillipians 1:6 (NIV)
But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence. Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV)
I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plants, but GOD made you grow. It's not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the center of this process but GOD, who makes things grow.
1st Corinthians 3:6-8 (The Message)