I’ve been thinking a lot lately about gardens, seeds, and potential these past few weeks.
It has been a recurring theme, and if you notice it you know that you need to be doing some learning, some paradigm shifting, some good old-fashioned paying attention.
It started with the conference, and since then I’ve noticed that the topic of seed and the potential therein, has come up over and over again. Seeds, by their very nature, are full of untapped potential. within in each seed there is the potential for not only a new plant but for hundreds of other seeds.
We, you and I, are that seed. We have so much inside of us, we have but to tap into it and let it flourish. For some reason we tend not to see the potential in ourselves, we are actually faster to see it in our children. We see and try to bring out the potential in them, but seem to balk to doing the same in ourselves. Perhaps, like me, you can see potential and all things good in others but not necessarily in yourself. We all have a beautiful potential to become more, to touch lives, and to offer hope.
Isaiah 61:10-11 in the Message bible states that we are God’s garden. Can you imagine what His garden looks like? Lush, fertile, and so very gorgeous. We are the plants in that garden that have so much seed to offer to grow even more plants and unless we release that seed nothing will come of our lives, we will live and die and nothing will have changed in our world.
We are also the seed in that garden and unless we allow our shell to be pierced and cracked wide open for the new life-giving potential to be released we are just a seed and will do nothing but sit there.
What we say, what we do, what we identify ourselves with is all a part of that dying to self that we are called to do. All these things can be potential seed that can and will affect other lives. We may not know who, what, when and where, but it is seed.
Anything can be seed. A card that says ‘I’m thinking of you’. An offer of a casserole to someone who is alone. A smile. A kind word. Paying for the guy behind you in the Tim Horton’s drive-through. It is all seed.
Pay attention to the nudges you feel. You may feel uncomfortable doing it, perhaps fearful of how you’ll be perceived, but if you’ll follow that nudge, that gentle leading, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the outcome, at what starts to happen in you; and if you’re lucky you’ll get to see some of the fruit of it in other people as well.
As for the ‘Garden’ I have in my own home; here are some of the growing, flourishing plants that I tend, water, and sometimes pull on.
So my friends, tend your garden, allow your seeds to find good soil, flourish and touch lives.
Let your life speak to those around you. Touch them with love, kindness and hope.