I planted some seeds in a pot today. The pot has seen so many flowers through the years, but most times, they’ve been the pre-grown kind I just pick up at Wal-mart and stick in a pot. But these? These little seeds are going to take a little time to grow.
I took out the little hand shovel and dug a hole, put some seeds in and for now will wait to hopefully see some little sprouts grow. Impatiens seeds (for those who are not so very ‘patiens’…) takes only about 21 days to germinate. So, it won’t be long until we see the sprouts break the surface of the soil and begin their debut. I’m so looking forward to seeing these simple little carefree beauties bloom.
And do you know what? When they start to flower and bloom and fill up that pot…they won’t be daisies or tulips or lilies. They’ll be impatiens. That’s what I planted after all.
Because what we sow is what we reap. Not always right away. Sometimes there’s a short germination period, and sometimes it takes years and years to see what we’ve planted reach the surface and bloom. But the principle stands….what we sow, we reap.
Daisies beget daisies. Verbena begets verbena. Willows beget willows. Violets beget violets. Impatiens beget impatiens.
And…much more importantly…Kindness plants seeds of kindness. Hope breeds hope. Lies beget lies and distrust. Love multiplies love. Stealing multiplies voids and needs. Yep, what we sow, we reap. Not always right away, because, yes, even with these, there can be years and years of waiting (or dreading depending on what we’ve planted), because like seeds, the way we treat people are seeds sown that may take a little time to germinate. But, what we sow we reap.
Am thinking I’m glad that I like impatiens. I’m glad (hoping) that I will see the beauty of that sow~reap principle before my eyes every day this summer. Why? Because I want to be reminded to sow well. To be diligent about planting seeds that will reap a harvest that blesses others and honors God. A harvest that gives. And I want to be diligent about tossing the seeds and actions that I don’t want to multiply in my life or in the lives of others. I definitely don’t want to be multiplying negative stuff. The world is full of enough of that.And it definitely takes diligence and honesty and tenacity to see the yuck in my own life. Gotta see it before I can toss it. And I’ve gotta plant the good stuff before it will grow.
Here’s to reaping what we sow, and sowing well because we know that daisies beget daisies, verbena begets verbena, and impatiens beget impatiens. Am hoping that this summer my pots will be full of impatiens…and my own little world will be blessed by the harvest that comes from the seeds I choose to plant in my life and the lives of those around me. Yep ~ am so thankful for the reminders that these little seeds gave me today…hope you are too! Happy Planting, friend.
“Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love.
Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD,
that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.”