Easter Seed

Posted April 6th, 2012 by Leah and filed in LR Ministries, Word of Encouragement

As I sit quietly in the garden, peace envelopes me. My ears hear the chirping birds, pecking chickens and scampering squirrels, but my heart and mind are completely still. I close my eyes and see the garden in full bloom! Calling what isn’t yet as if it were…  It’s beautiful.  No weeds, no worries, just a plentiful harvest of fruit, veggies and flowers. I open my eyes back to the reality of, well, new beginnings. My secret joy is that I believe my vision, because God planted it years ago. His words of hope planted seeds of deep joy within my heart. Seeds of faith, trust and grace. Unseen, yet producing a harvest of favor, peace and contentment.

My mind wanders to a recent conversation in which I briefly explained, in the most simple, elementary way, the meaning of Easter. I pray the Lord will let the words that flowed like a bubbling brook of love rush up on the shore of this young women’s heart, take root, bloom and grow. If you had been there listening to me, unknowing of the audience, you might think I was sharing with a 10-year old. But deep within, I knew these simple words were planting faith and life. God’s Words of truth scattered tiny seed on fertile ground. No discussion, no questions, no glancing across to the passenger seat for acceptance, even acknowledgement…just faith that those seeds are now tucked away in her heart, released to the capable hands of the Master Gardner.

I don’t fret or worry if these seeds will bloom and grow. For those are the weeds that choke and crowd out the fruit, the flower of the garden’s harvest.

Turning the small packages of seed in my hand, I read how to plant, when to plant and what I can expect these tiny seeds to produce. Another overwhelming ocean of peace floods over me. Peace…a fruit that grows in the garden of my life year round. A fruit that takes deep root in being still and basking in Heavenly light. A fruit, as hard as I might try, I can’t produce on my own. Well, maybe briefly. But as I bury my fingers deep within the soil, I know the fruit of lasting peace I freely harvest day by day comes from surrender. Surrendering my vision for my garden to scarred, yet perfectly capable hands.

What is hindering the beauty of your garden? Surrender.

 

 

Truly, truly, I say to you,

unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,

it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

John 12:24

The Beauty of Everyday Holiness…on Good Friday.

xo

leah

 

I touch a small bud just beginning to open, and my mind wanders back to a recent conversation I had with Temple, a friend who attended REPLENISH…



2 Responses to “Easter Seed”

  1. Jody Collins says:

    there is no new life without first a death….John 12:24 is engraved on my heart, too.

    Happy Easter to you, sweet friend!

  2. stacy evans says:

    Thank you Leah! Happy Easter to you & Jimbo.

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