Planting Seeds

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I’m no poet, but I certainly appreciate those who can create thought-provoking and vivid images with the words that they write. I came across an ever-so-brief poem recently that has made quite an impression on me. It is called, “Forecast” by Luci Shaw:

“Planting seeds
Changes my feelings
About rain”

There are numerous helpful insights here, many of them theological in nature.

First, a new perspective on adversity. Commonly, rain is seen as a nuisance. Of course we all acknowledge that such is necessary for life, but rare is the person who is thankful the ballgame was rained out. Unusual is the person who picnics, ride bikes, drives convertibles, or plays golf in the rain. Many avoid doing much of anything if it happens to be raining. However, we should be reminded that disappointment and adversity can build character. We are all going to go through difficult stages in life. When we do, let us look for the good. “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Heb. 12:11).

Second, a new perspective on labor. Hard work pays off. The investment of time and energy pays off, even if it may not be immediate. So, take the time to plant seeds. Plant seeds of kindness. Plant seeds of the Gospel. The difficult and uncomfortable conversations matter and they make a difference. Paul planted seeds (1 Cor. 3:6). The Lord often used the imagery of planting seeds in His ministry. From the way people would receive the Good News (Matt. 13:1-23) to the way the Kingdom would grow (Matt. 13:31-32).

Third, a new perspective on hope. Let us be patient with God and His plan. Sometimes it is difficult to see past the storm clouds. However, without the rain, there is no growth. We must learn to trust God to bless us with blue skies after the storm. “He who goes out weeping, bearing the see for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him” (Ps. 126:6).

Plant seeds. Expect rain. Enjoy God’s blessings.

Bart Warren
South Green Street church of Christ
Glasgow, KY

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