Sunday, July 28, 2013

From a Little Seed

Looking at what has happened to my flowers in a few short weeks, I am reminded of some Scripture passages.
Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith?
--Luke 12:27, 28 (NIV)
Jesus was talking about the trust we can have in God for the things we need. His words also call to mind how God did not just make a functioning planet, but dressed it in beauty. Looking around at these things of beauty reveals a good deal about the nature of God.

When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.
--I Corinthians 15:37, 38 (NIV)
Paul is explaining to the Corinthian Christians what he understands about the resurrection, not just of Jesus, but of all of us. Again, his allegory reminds us of the wonders of God's creation. Everything needed to produce a plant, of whatever type or size, is contained in the seed. And some of those seeds are very tiny indeed.

And whatever our personal "seeds" may be when planted at our deaths, God is going to bring forth something new and wonderful for us.


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