SEEDS OF FAITH
I think God gives us seeds to give us a glimpse at the intricate ways He works in our lives through prayer. You take a seed – a tiny morsel that looks like nothing really – and you place that seemingly insignificant morsel in the soft, dark soil and wait. As you wait, you water the soil, you make sure it has sufficient light or darkness, and you watch for signs of growth. For a while from our side of the soil, it appears that absolutely nothing is happening, but we trust and we wait.
On the other side of the soil – the part we cannot see – much is happening. If you look up how a seed becomes a plant, you’ll learn that inside each seed is a teeny, tiny embryo of the plant. The seed already contains an immature version of itself. It already is what it will be.
As we water and make sure conditions are ideal for growth, the seed bursts open in the soil and at the same time the sprout and roots are reaching upward and downward, respectively. The sprout makes its way upward to break through the soil to become the plant it was intended to be. The roots grow down deeper into the soil, further attaching itself and creating a firm foundation for the plant.
By now you’re probably thinking, “Thanks for the science lesson, but what in the world?” Isn’t this similar to how our hopes and dreams – our seeds – are? We “plant” our hopes and dreams when we take them to God in prayer. Our seeds are planted in faith. Some “seeds” sprout overnight. Yes, God can and does answer some of our prayers quickly. But there are some “seeds” that seem to take forever to sprout and bloom. It might take years to see any growth from some of the prayers we have prayed and continue to pray.
And this is where it’s crucial to remember the process the seed goes through to become a plant. Our hopes and dreams also need the proper conditions in which to grow. Some of those conditions take days to become ideal, some take months, and others take years. The crucial part is that there is always something going on we don’t see. God is always working and creating and changing circumstances so that the ideal conditions for our hopes and dreams can become a reality. That crucial part is trust. Just like we can trust the process the seed goes through deep within the soil, we can even more trust God’s process with our hopes and dreams.
As we pray and wait for those prayers that don’t seem to be heard, know this: our roots are going down deeper in Jesus. We, like the roots of the seed, are creating a firm foundation that anchors us to Christ. Again, we can trust in His love for us.
“He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” - Jeremiah 17:8
So friends, when you pray and nothing seems to be happening, remember the seed and find comfort in knowing that while we can’t see His hand God is always working on our behalf.