Another favorite part of spring is planting the garden. I just got my seeds for spinach, lettuce, and peas in a week ago. But my mom is a gardening extraordinaire and this was my parent’s garden last week at the same time:
Look at all those adorable seedlings! I still get excited seeing them pop through the ground, and then watching all summer as they mature and bear fruit.
Have you ever thought of prayers as seeds?
These seeds start out in this little packet for 50cents. Hundreds of them inside, teeny tiny things, just waiting to be something amazing. If you leave them in that envelope, nothing. They will stay good for a very long time, but they will never do anything more. But once they hit the ground and are watered super cool processes start. The kids and I did the bean experiment (you know bean, wet paper towel, plastic baggie, watch the growth) a few years ago. It really doesn’t take much to get that sprout. It doesn’t. And then if you nurture it even more you end up with this:
AND THIS … AND THIS TALL ONE …
(image credits: bonnieplants.com, growveg.com, gardening.cornell.edu)
It is the same with prayers. Nothing is going to happen if we just talk about it, as I illustrated and blogged HERE. I have included the parable of the mustard seed at the end of this post if you are not familiar, in it Jesus talks about this very thing about faith. Prayer and faith need nurturing. My parent’s garden? They are outstanding at fertilizing, watering, weeding, and keeping critters out. Our faith needs the same! We can all walk around with a little packet in our pocket of seeds of faith and prayer, but if we don’t open it, there’s no doing people!
The more I blogged last week, the more I realized I needed to do some heart to heart time with God. So right there at my desk, amidst the paint and paper chaos, I started planting prayer seeds. Every time I sat down, I made sure I prayed again. (Some people have little altars, I have my studio.) And every time I watered that little prayer seedling, it sprouted a little taller. Until I had prayed so much that it felt like I had a Jack and the Bean Stalk size plant growing me a direct line all the way to heaven. And it felt like long, green beans were growing back down at me filled with seeds of hope, love, and answers.
So this week, we are going to talk prayer. All kinds, all ways. Because prayer seedlings are a good, good thing. And hopefully our prayers will be the seeds that fall on good ground and produce not thirty times more, but hundred times more.
Parable of the Mustard Seed Meaning:
Matthew 13: 18 “So listen to the meaning of that story about the farmer. 19 What is the seed that fell by the road? That seed is like the person who hears the message about the kingdom but does not understand it. The Evil One comes and takes away what was planted in that person’s heart. 20 And what is the seed that fell on rocky ground? That seed is like the person who hears the teaching and quickly accepts it with joy. 21 But he does not let the teaching go deep into his life, so he keeps it only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching he accepted, he quickly gives up. 22 And what is the seed that fell among the thorny weeds? That seed is like the person who hears the teaching but lets worries about this life and the temptation of wealth stop that teaching from growing. So the teaching does not produce fruit[a] in that person’s life.23 But what is the seed that fell on the good ground? That seed is like the person who hears the teaching and understands it. That person grows and produces fruit, sometimes a hundred times more, sometimes sixty times more, and sometimes thirty times more.”
(from Bible Gateway)