Do you believe that having faith the size of a mustard seed could really accomplish much? I mean, REALLY believe? Have you tried to maintain that amount of faith? Have you planted it, fed it and ate of it? Or have you simply held it in your hand and just looked at it, questioning it’s worth?
The mustard seed is capable of taking root, growing and thriving plentifully in just about any climate and soil. Though it does grow better in well nourished areas and with greater care, it is a very hardy plant when well tended to. Once the leaves are established it is a great deterrent of pests and very few insects are attracted to it, due to it’s hot seeds and powerful flavor. It will typically grow between 6-20 feet tall can reach as massive a height as 30 feet in optimal situations!
Once well rooted the mustard seed will grow leaves, flowers and seeds…all useful in many different ways. This tiny little seed, if planted, will in turn yield all of itself to the use of you and those it is shared with.
Stepping out in faith is, at many times, a very daunting thing to do. It leaves us waiting, wondering, questioning and second guessing. It causes us to become impatient when we can not see the “rewards” of our trust yet. Often times we forget that all things, ALL THINGS, must first take root before it will bloom and, if we give up on it before we have allowed the roots to take a strong hold, we miss out on the beauty of what could have been.
There are some things that take very little time to take root. Like the love a mother feels for her child. From the moment of holding her newborn for the first time, or even from conception, she already has the rooted love and devotion for the life that has/been will be entrusted to her.
Other things often take longer to grow healthy and strong roots. I can think of many things that pertain to my own life, but for the sake of time I’ll keep it to a general example.
Some of you may remember a little while back, taking a peak at a live web camera pointed at a giant plant in a greenhouse in Denver, Colorado. This plant, the corpse flower, was due to bloom any day. This particular flower, like many others can take up to 20 years to finally bloom. Waiting around for this flower to bloom would be quite miraculous…if not for the smell. It’s been said that the aroma put off by this plant smells a lot like rotting meat. Have you ever driven by road kill that has been there, rotting in the summer sun, for a day or two and noticed how awful it smells? Yeah…imagine having that plant stick around in your garden for 2 decades.
I imagine most people would cut it down just to be rid of the smell finally. But what of the promise of what is to come?
My journey to where I am today was much like the smell of this corpse flower. To those who tried to stick around, despite the stench, my actions not only stunk of rotting meat but also tasted of it at times. Not all of the time, but more than I care to remember. The most misunderstood fact is…I myself smelled it ALL the time, whether it was apparent to others or not. Those who remained were able to finally see me bloom once I opened myself up to God’s goodness and surrendered to change. I may not be the prettiest bloom, or the most fragrant smelling at times, but there is beauty in the becoming and in the steadfast faithfulness!
There is a saying, “Don’t quit before the miracle.” It is a reminder that the harm we have caused to ourselves and to others is going to take some time to mend. It is going to take faith and it is going to take continual growth. It won’t happen over night and it will quite possibly get worse before it gets better. The only way it will get better, though, is by changing our old ways and by placing our faith in something bigger than ourselves. God.
Planting a seed takes very little effort. However, caring for it, nurturing it, and guarding it from those that would seek to destroy or uproot it takes constant work. Once well rooted it will produce something so beautiful! It may take a week before we start to see new life, it may take years, but if you continue to tend to and love it, it will grow.
Your life, no matter what walk you are on, depends greatly on how well you are tending to your faith. Whether it is a hidden seed that is still taking root or a garden. If it is not cared for in the proper way, the weeds will suffocate it and steal all of it’s nutrients, the insects will nibble away and devour it, or the careless passersby will trample it underfoot.
Strengthen your faith by guarding yourself from wickedness and those that have no other desire than to tempt you to do what is abhorred by God. Fertilize it with the truth and weed out the things that God did not intend to be there. Take advice from scripture to become more knowledgeable. Give praises to God for the waiting and for the reaping. And most importantly…don’t give up and miss out on what could have been. You could quite possibly be feasting on mustard greens and blossoms for a life time if you tend to and allow God to grow your tiny little seed well.
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