Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12:23-26
Spring has sprung and strange things are growing in my backyard. It looks almost unrecognizable. I have things sprouting up that I've never seen before - foreign flowers, odd weeds, and peculiar plants. I mentioned this to a co-worker and they said the same irregularity was taking place on their lawn.
Come to find out the culprit to all the new growth was our old nemesis - Hurricane Florence. Along with the torrential downpour and uprooting everything in its path, the winds dispersed seeds from a wide variety of plants and scattered them throughout the region - one place being my backyard.
A single encounter with the storm altered the state of my backyard for good. It went from a barren wasteland to a vibrant colorful oasis. Seeds fell that later bloomed and grew.
In a few days, we will be celebrating another collision that turned the world upside down. Christ and the cross. Easter serves as the moment when forgiveness and grace clashed with our sin. Through Christ's sacrifice, life conquered death.
One act, one moment, one seed.
A difference no one could see coming.
Where complacency, striving, and insecurity once laid claim, something new grows in its place. Purpose and security take root. Hope springs up. Love, compassion, and humility begin to bloom.
Seeds aren't meant to remain seeds. Neither can they magically will themselves to grow on their own. They need a welcoming environment to thrive. And for us, it works the same way. Willpower and determination never lead to heart transformation.
Growth happens by staying connected to our Creator. And over time, as He continues to work within us, the state of our hearts looks drastically different. His character becomes rooted in our own.
In what places is Christ's love taking root through your words and actions?
What has God planted in your heart that needs to bloom?
God, You have enabled life to flourish where death reigned. You've caused my heart to come alive. I desire to continue to grow in Your love and in order to do so, I know I must stay connected to You. May I do so willingly as well as expectantly. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.