My husband is a farmer, and he is used to planting, tending and waiting. Me, I work with our animals, and am not so good at the waiting for seeds. I love the land, love the soil, but waiting for seeds is so hard!
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
We have two flower beds that my sweet husband planted to wild flowers for me. Waiting for wild flower seeds taught me a lot!
This is what I learned from wild flower seeds...
- they are tiny, for the most part, and you don't plant them too deep or they won't come up
- they are wildly varied and can be very competitive with weeds
- they need to be watered consistently too little and they get tight in the soil and won't come up, too much and they can wash away
- there is no such thing as weeding wild flowers until they are all up and almost blooming
- wild flower seeds do not look like their photos on the seed packets instead they are so much more marvelous and varied and beautiful
- they will only come up and bloom and bless you with their beauty in their own way, at their own time just as God designed them to do
How can we, walking with our God and sharing our faith, use these lessons from wild flowers?
This is what comes to mind...
- Don't plant ideas and concepts too deep or people may struggle with them
- while the weeds of life and the dark ones can cause us to feel like we are strangling we are stronger than they are even the smallest one of God's children is
- no two people are alike, not even identical twins, and each needs to come to God on their own
- just like watering wild flowers you cannot drown someone in your words and you cannot stop helping tend the seeds of their faith. God's word is planted, we can help tend it in person, through prayer or by our silent presence in their lives
- like wild flowers only someone who knows weeds from flowers can do the weeding and that job is God's. We do not weed out believers based upon what we imperfectly know or understand we let God do His work
- people will have a relationship with God based upon what God plants in them and it won't be what we expect, think or desire but it will be amazing beyond measure because it is God's hand in their and our lives
- God requires each of us to tend our own gardens and be not only good stewards, but loving, faithful and encouraging children of God - people will come to God as He designs we are to be faithful in the loving, praying and stewardships He gives us.
2 Peter 1:5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness;
and to goodness, knowledge;
One thing I learned from my husband's time in University doing the Ag Diploma program is this: Weeds are plants we do not understand the true purpose of yet. Some can be useful and good and others noxious and deadly but many are just undiscovered wild flowers!