LENT DAY 30 - Tuesday, March 27
John 12:23-24 Planting Wheat. Planting Life.
"Listen carefully. Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over." (The Message)
Planting seeds! It's spring! This reminds me of all the catalogs I've received in the past months and the on-line reminders from Gurneys and Michigan Bulb to "Order Now!" It makes me recall all the unplanted packets of seeds I found when cleaning off my desk. Envelopes of unrealized potential. Little kernels of hope, new life, and promise still waiting to be buried in the soil and brought to life.
Your can't help but look around at the our natural world and realize that God created it as a cycle of life, death, and new life. Without the death of the old, we can't bring out the new. Without autumn, we can't have spring. If we don't plant the seed, we can't realize the blossom. What glory and promise can one single death bring? One seed can bring the harvest of much fruit!
What are the wheat kernels in our lives that we need to bury? Resentment? Conflict? Choices? What new opportunities and hopes might result?