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.