A Season to Plant
I have grown impatient. I need to know what God’s plan is for my life.
“WHY AM I HERE?” is my frequent shout-out to God.
When I think of God’s plan, I think of big works like Mother Theresa with her humble acts of service in the streets of Calcutta. I think of the Reverend Billy Graham leading his crusades, which were called missions after the 9/11 attack in New York.
I want to be like Mother Theresa and the Reverend Billy Graham. But the real question is, does God want me to be like them?
Yes, and no.
Yesterday, while praying, I shouted in my heart, “GOD, WHY AM I HERE?” Then I quieted myself in Centering Prayer, and God spoke to me in that space.
God whispered, “Plant seeds”.
Plant seeds? That’s it? Nothing grandiose about that.
Digging deeper into His response, I recalled planting seeds in the dirt in my garden; it was hard work. The sun was hot, my hands were dirty, and my knees and back hurt the days that followed planting. One does not plant seeds and walk away. There is routine of watering, fertilizing, and removing weeds that begin to encroach the space. Eventually little sprouts of green popped out of the earth. Knowing what I planted, and where in the garden, enabled me to tend to it.
In essence, God says I can be like Mother Theresa and the Reverend Billy Graham because they were seed planters. The difference lies in the unique gifts and talents he gave me. I will obey and plant seeds. It is not easy work when compared to planting in a garden so I will seek His hand for guidance and direction, often. This blog, and my involvment as a Stephen Minister in my church, are my big planting grounds. Just being real and myself in my words, thoughts, and deeds are additional areas where seed falls naturally.
It is by faith the seed becomes a sprout. It is by faith, I plant seeds.
1 Corinthians 3:5-7 (NIV)
5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task.6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.