Planting the Seeds of Tomorrow
It is springtime in Tennessee and I love walking around our neighborhood this time of year. The streets become alive with color as the seeds planted during the fall come to fruition during these months. The seeds laid under ground all winter covered in snow, waiting out the cold. Now, right on schedule they push through the dirt ready to materialize the perfect plan of glory that was designed into each one.
As I walk I delight at the variety of flowers. The redbud trees blaze a gorgeous magenta. The daffodils come forward with their distinct ridged tops and the tulips are my personal favorites with their pinks, whites and pronounced centers. I marvel that each one of these seeds was uniquely designed to bring the exact result that I now see. When the gardner planted those seeds, she trusted that she would get the results promised. She knew that if she planted a tulip bulb, she would get the radiance of tulip several months later. She would not get a daffodil instead.
That is how it works for us as well. Our thoughts and feelings of this moment are the seeds of our future garden. The focus of our minds today plant the gardens of our tomorrows.
So, if we want abundance in the gardens of our lives, we plant seeds of prosperity by giving thanks for the richness everywhere. Even when all we see is lack, we cultivate our garden of abundance by placing our attention on the images of a rich, fulfilled life. Nature shows us that each seed will produce exactly what it is designed to grow. Even though we can’t see the seeds when covered by dirt laying in the cold, we trust that each one will germinate into the plant that it was created to produce. This example helps us to hold fast to the seeds of our dreams nourishing them with our faith and belief even when we can’t visibly see any results just yet. We trust that they will spring forward in the manner in which we intended.
In James 3:18 we read, “And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” In other words, we harvest what we sow.
So, as the seeds of last fall flower into the spring colors of our landscape with brilliant hues of life I ask all of us, what are we planting in our gardens today?