I have created a place in my kitchen to have an herb garden using mason jars and wall baskets. I am pretty excited! I read the directions on how to plant the seeds in the little peat moss pots and when to water the little seeds.
My cilantro was the first plant to sprout up through the soil. I was so excited. To see this little seed germinate, break through the dark soil and grow.
We have had an extremely cold winter; record low temps, negative 32 degrees with wind chill of negative 51 degrees. Can you imagine? It is so cold. When you try to breathe outside, you cough, and your nostrils sticks together, that is crazy cold! We have gone for a couple of weeks without seeing the sun. Unfortunately, this affected my little cilantro plant.
I woke up one morning to find my little cilantro plant giving up, fallen over, limp, and starting to wilt. I tried to save the little guy by cutting back the little sprouts hoping it would recover and grow, but he did not. I recognize from his struggle that my little herb seedlings were too cold in the kitchen and they needed more light. So, I moved them to a warmer area and placed them under a lamp to give them extra light. I replanted cilantro seeds and hoped he would grow again.
As I look at these herbs grow each day, I cannot help but be reminded of our Christian journey.
As I look at this little parsley sprouting. I think of a new born Christian, sprouting out of the dark black soil, not knowing much, just seeking warmth, water and light.
As I look at this sweet basil plant with the little shell stuck on the leaf it reminds me of a Christian still carrying hurts from his past; not able to let go. The shell is making it hard for the leaf to break free and grow in a certain area of his life.
As I look at this thriving new cilantro plant I am reminded of a Christian growing healthy in God’s garden. Seeking God’s warmth – love. Receiving and absorbing water – God’s word. Thriving and spreading the light – Jesus!
I can relate to all these 3 of these plants. Sprouting out of the darkness, learning that I am so loved and treasured by God. Maturing as a Christian but still having a shell of my past stuck, not allowing me to grow and then finally being healed – really understanding how good God is.
I really believe our journey is a cycle:
We sprout up and grow. We fall – wilt. Our stems get cut back. Then we grow and thrive again. Only to get stuck in a drought, or storm. We fall down, but we get back up and grow again!
A seed could also represent a dream or a season in life.
I have compassion for that cilantro plant that wilted and died. Sometimes our dreams wilt and die, but I am reminded that sometimes seeds have to die, germinate under good soil full of nutrients and water. Then that seed will break free of its shell and sprout up and grow, even stronger and wiser then before; ready to take on the challenges of life and will thrive.
There are many scriptures in the bible talking about seeds, the different soils seeds are planted in, and sowing and reaping. I can relate to them all in so many different ways. The Bible is the most amazing book created. The scriptures come to life. You can read a scripture 10 different times and then one day you hear it, read it and the light bulb turns on and you finally understand that small seed of truth.
I remember when I first finally understand and connected Jesus being the light, the word and being apart of creations. It was a light bulb moment for me! I went back and read Genesis and then John again it was a special moment. Jesus is so important. What He did, it is powerful!
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:1-5 English Standard Version (ESV)
I am not a scholar. I do not have many scriptures memorized, but I do know that this life can be hard, sometimes it is 1 step forward and 2 steps back.
There is one thing that I hold deep down in my heart. God is so good. He loves us so much. If we can hold on to that seed – truth and grow in it, we will be able to withstand the storms of life.
So, my point of sharing my cute little herbs with you today is to encourage you. No matter what soil you were planted in, with:
- God’s warmth – love
- Watering – spending daily time in His word and
- Soaking and sharing the light – Jesus
We can be strengthen – grow and thrive. Sprout out and help others grow.
May your seeds produce many good fruits and blessings!