While enjoying a movie with my 1st grader I decided to make popcorn. Love the stuff-she does too but we get a special kick out of the half-popped seeds in the bottom of the bag. We love to crunch them- however this time I noticed that she was collecting hers. I asked her what she was doing and she said she wanted to plant them. I tried to explain that they probably wouldn’t grow what she was looking for. And she said back to me,” Mom, every seed grows something!”
This got me to thinking. How does she know that? What I didn’t realize is that she’s been studying plants in school this week. Every child got to plant a bean seed in a cup. I can remember doing the same thing in school. You see the bean seed will sprout quickly so that the unit can be taught and the students can see the results of their labor in just a short time. When she brought her plant home later that week she was so excited to show me. She was like a mother hen brooding over her egg. She wanted to water it over and over again so it would grow faster. She moved it to the windowsill so it could get more sunlight. I can understand her enthusiasm and frustration but there’s a lesson in this cup.
Gardening is hard work. Seriously hard work. Just breaking up the ground is test of your will. Of course they make tools now that aren’t so hard on your back but it is still hard work. And the soil. Making sure the soil’s pH is correct for what you are planning to grow there. Will the area get enough sun? Is it too sunny for what you are planting? All these questions have to be answered. The bible has many references for planting seed in good ground.
You see, my daughter wants to plant popcorn seeds. She thinks that she’ll get popcorn when she plants them. She wants popcorn. But she won’t get popcorn. She’ll get a rendition of corn if she gets anything at all but it will be completely inedible. You see the popcorn that we eat is treated before it comes in that microwave bag. On the outside, it looks like popcorn seeds but don’t be deceived.
We do the same things in life. We speak those things that are not as though they are. But we aren’t always consistent with the rest of our words. We quickly fall back into a complaint mode when someone asks us a seemingly innocent question. The question could be related to something totally different then the goal of our popcorn crop. I believe that if you want to grow corn you should plant corn. If you want to grow beans you should plant beans etc etc.
Don’t say you want a husband but you are totally uncomfortable with submitting yourself. You are not good with sharing your space or your money but you want a husband…you make excuses why its ok for you to do the things that you do. Buying clothes and sneaking them into the house… Keeping the friends that you know completely adore being single and they want you to do all the things they do. Popcorn. Now I know that there is no one perfect in this earth except Jesus but I do believe that we could make a better effort. Let’s plant the right things in our lives. Let’s plant joy and not pain. Let’s plant peace and not war. Let’s plant strength and not weakness. Let’s plant truth and not lies. Let’s brood over the things that are lovely and true and kind like in Phil 4:8. Also, let’s uproot the things that we shouldn’t be fostering growth for. Like impatience, anger and resentment. Pluck up the weeds in our lives as soon as we see them. Don’t let them fester into something so big that we can’t get rid of it without help.
Hosea 10:12 puts it this way: Sow with a view to righteousness (that righteousness, like seed, may germinate);Reap in accordance with mercy and lovingkindness. Break up your uncultivated ground, For it is time to seek and search diligently for the Lord (and to long for his blessing) Until He comes to rain righteousness and His gift of salvation on you.
Just trying to keep it Cristaclear. Find me on all socialmedia @cristaclearinspirations