Updated: Jul 7, 2022
My husband planted a garden from seed recently. He gets so excited every time a new sprout comes up. He’ll run up to me and say "The beans have sprouted!" or "The corn is coming up!" And then he’ll bring me outside so I too can marvel at the tiny green shoots pushing up through the dirt. And I’ve got to be honest, I’m happy he’s happy, but I’m much less enthused about a few leaves poking out of the ground. I’ll be happy to reap the harvest though.
And then I got to thinking about all the hours he put into mixing the soil and planting them at just the right depth. He’s proud of his handiwork. And while the shoots coming out of the ground are small, the seeds they started out as were even smaller. And the little shoots have so much potential. They’ll get bigger and bigger. They’ll get so big they’ll produce fruit. He’s seeing where the sprouts started, and looking forward to what they’ll become.
Maybe you’re feeling like a little sprout. Small and insignificant. But then the Gardener, God, comes along and He sees how far you’ve come. Not long ago you were just a tiny little seed. And now look at you. He’s proud of you. Your roots will get deeper. Your leaves will spread wider. And He can’t wait to see you reach your full potential that He knows you're capable of. He looks forward to the day when you will produce much fruit. You are His handiwork, and you are not insignificant. Never underestimate what God can do with a little seed.
He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” Matthew 13: 31- 32