(This is my post for KJV Directory, Thursday This N That, April 15, 2010)
Who Plants a Seed
Who plants a seed plants faith and trust,
For only sun and rain
That comes with passing seasons
Can change the seed to grain.
Who plants a hope plants future days,
For only time can bring
The dream to fullest blossom,
The thrush to try his wing.
Who plants a seed plants faith in God,
For only He could know
How seeds and earth and sun and rain
Can make new gardens grow.
~Ethelyn M. Kincher
I've thought much about planting and sowing lately. I have a condition called Spring-fever! I also have Plant-itus! I have been planting everything I can get my hands on...let me rephrase that...I have been showing Cale and Scot where to dig holes for all the plants I can get my hands on! This is the first Spring in six years that I've been this excited about working in the yard. The people we bought our house from had alot of plants and trees established and truly, had I not planted anything else, the yard would look fine, but Scot and I wanted to add our touch to our new property. My mother-in-law started it all my birthday by giving me two rose bushes; my mother added to my disease a few weeks ago when she gave me two plants that I have yet to find out the names of. I know they are very pretty, they bloom, they get pretty big, and they repel mosquitoes. Scot added more fuel to my fire Saturday morning when he mentioned us going to Lowe's to buy some new things for the yard. We bought several plants, rose bushes, and even a small Colorado Blue Spruce tree. We worked all afternoon in the yard digging and planting, and guess what we expect in a few weeks? We expect our sowing (so to speak) to prosper, grow, spread, and bloom! In years to come, I expect that my little Spruce will be a huge Spruce. We reap WHAT we sow! Scot and I are also preparing to plant a garden. We discussed the vegetables we'd like to grow. What will be reap if we plant bean seeds? BEANS! Corn seeds? CORN! I got to thinking about how just a little bitty seed can grow into something that we enjoy so much and quite honestly, we have very little control over it. Yes, we can do all the right things like water, keep weeds out, but it takes FAITH to plant a garden. It takes FAITH to plant flower seeds. I can't make them grow, but I have FAITH that in a few weeks, we'll have fresh corn, peas, and beans from those little seeds that we sow. NOW...what about the seeds we sow in our everyday life? Sow a smile-reap a smile. Sow a frown-reap a frown. Sow encouragement, reap hope. Sow the precious Gospel of Christ-reap Christians! I surely can't save anyone, just like I can't make the seeds grow into produce, but I can by FAITH share the good news of the Gospel with others. What are we sowing in our children's lives? Are we sowing wisdom? Character? Holiness? Remember, we reap what we sow. If we TRULY believe that, why do we not sow more good things than we do? Scot wants to plant some fruit trees. He expects to reap....FRUIT! Should he plant a pear tree, he will not be checking for apples on the tree, he'll be looking for pears. Let's plant the precious Gospel seeds, let God give the increase, and expect God's Great Salvation. SOW-SOW-SOW!
He that goesth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:6
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. II Corinthians 9:6
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:7-9