It’s amazing that a tiny seed, when placed in the dark soil, becomes a thriving plant. We do this simple task with a measure of trust, and it makes all the difference. Every seed is different…different sizes, shapes, and fruit that is produced. In the spring, the displays pop up in stores with all sorts of vegetables, flowers, and plants containing colorful pictures of the final product. The packets are important and not to be discarded because the directions on the back tell of the appropriate depth and spacing for the seeds. The DNA contained in each type of seed requires different directions that are critical to the plant germinating.
The Gospel of John talks about this life after death: “Jesus replied, “The time has come for the Human One to be glorified. I assure you that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it can only be a single seed. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12: 23-24, CEB) “The Human One” had to die in order for God to allow us to have eternal life. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, that happens as God plants seeds in our lives. Growing our own faith requires us to plant seeds. The seeds and directions for germination are contained in the text of the Bible. To disregard the guidance and inspiration in the Bible means we miss out on the ways in which we are called to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. It’s not enough to read the Bible. Our lives as a follower requires more from us. Our faith grows when we allow our old habits to die in the “soil” so that God can sprout new habits in us.
As Holy week approaches, I invite you to examine your life. What habits in you must die so that God can germinate new ones in your life? How hard is it for you to let go of the old habits? Why are you clinging so tightly to those things when they prevent you from getting closer to God? Add into your daily practice this prayer: God of Life, You have placed all we need for life in the shell of a tiny seed. You have also placed all we need for eternal life in the life, death, and resurrection of You Son, Jesus. Thank you for the gift of life on this earth and in the life to come. Amen.