Thursday, January 25, 2018

I'M GERMINATING HERE!

At our last Bible Study group meeting, our fearless teacher handed out packets of seeds.  Took me back to my days in 4-H and selling packets of seeds to fund raise for our group.



NOW I am dating myself!  A stream of loose association going on here---the point of the post is NOT seed sales.

As you can well imagine, she talked about planting seeds and the stages of life for the seed.  It was a great analogy, but what I came away with was not different types of soil, not sowing the seeds, why not even the process of germination~ I came away with a very clear imagery of waiting around for the blooms.



There were no two seed packets the same.  As they passed around the room, I was one of the last to pick a flower. I was not disappointed, lupines are some of my favorites and do well here in the deep south.  On the back of the packet--in small print is the requirements for growing AND the time elapse before you will see the blooms.  LOOK at that~  365 days---ONE FULL YEAR.


SO--It's is NOT as simple as putting the seed in the soil and WA LA---blooms ---I will have to remember to water, protect the plants from severe freeze, make sure they are in the sun~  I will have to tend my crop to see the beauty of the blooms A WHOLE YEAR LATER!  Growing patience is what I will be doing!

If you read all the information carefully--the seedlings will emerge in 18-21 days.  SO I might not have blooms BUT I will have pretty green plants to watch grow.  I plant the seed, it will pop out of the dirt 2-3 weeks later, and then I tend the plant for a year and THEN I will see the bloom.  


Gardeners enjoy the process of watching the plants grow as much as seeing the blooms.  It is a wonder to behold to see a small seed stuck a quarter of an inch in the dirt, sprout and grow.  A reminder of God's gift of life to us.


And IF I am patient, if I tend my plant, there will be blooms to enjoy for a period of time.  For a brief period of a few weeks, the lupines show off their beautiful blooms.  And then they are gone.  So for a year, I have worked to enjoy the beautiful blooms for a brief point in time.


AH, but here is the wonderful secret about these lupines.  They are perennials--they will come back--and bloom year after year.  AND they will sow seeds that will grow more lupines.  Before you know it the fields are covered with the magnificent blooms every year.  

It could never happen though, unless I first planted the seed and tended the plant.

So it is with God's Word, we plant the seed, nourish it, watch it grow, and see the fruit at different intervals.  Those plants of Wisdom produce blooms of comfort, joy, peace, hope .....  But first we need to plant the seed--

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Psalms 1:1-3

5 comments:

  1. My dear Lulu,

    I have a tail to tell you. Years ago I had a dog which grew fond of a particular brand of dog food - let's call it Woof Woof. Daily, he enjoyed Woof Woof as his preferred meal.

    One day I found in the shop that Woof Woof was on offer. Buy 24 tins for the price of 12. A bargain which I could not resist.

    Days later, our dog stopped liking Woof Woof. He just refused to eat it. He grew hungry but continued with his hunger strike. I mixed Woof Woof with other foods. No result. I poured gravy on it. No result. I mixed it with southern fried chicken, beef, lamb, turkey, pork. No result. He just would not eat it. Eventually I bought him a new brand of food which he ate happily; and I had the remaining tins of Woof Woof for breakfast on toast.

    By now you are probably asking what this story has to do with your post. To be honest; I cannot remember. Which goes to prove that not everything I say necessarily makes sense.

    Now about growing flowers. Personally, I believe that if it is not instant it is not worth bothering about. I like plastic flowers. They are ready grown, you don't have to water them, they do not wilt and they bloom all the time. If God meant us to wait for ages for a flower to grow He would not have made us invent plastic flowers.

    I like your post today. It made me think.

    God bless.

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    1. Do you chase cars now that you’ve eaten all that Woof-Woof?? Loose association is a wonderful thing, Victor!
      Blessings, My Friend!

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  2. Bloom where you are planted ...
    Loved your post.

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  3. Once the seed is planted, who knows how many will benefit from it down the road? May we all sow God's Word into the lives of others, and watch with patience for it to grow.
    Blessings, Loralu!

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