For gardeners it is again a time of sowing in hope. Seeds, some of which are like dust, are sown in the hope that they will grow. The gumboot patrol are also finding that there are thousands of unseen weed seeds in the soil which are now growing into plants. I am amazed at the tenacity of these tiny forms of life. They can grow in very inhospitable places, such as cracks in concrete and in the bark of trees. Despite this, they survive and even crack concrete and the tree becomes a host. For me they are a wonderful testament to the resilience of the Lord’s life, for each seed is a vessel of His life.
“… like a tree, a person who is being born again begins from a seed, which is why in the Word (Bible) ‘seed’ means truth obtained from goodness. Also, like a tree, he brings forth leaves, then blossoms, and finally fruit; for he brings forth the kind of things that belong to intelligence, which again in the Word are meant by ‘leaves,’ then the kind of things that belong to wisdom, which are meant be ‘blossoms,’ and finally the kind of things that are matters of life, namely forms of the goodness of love and charity expressed in action which, in the Word, are meant by ‘fruits.'”
This quote from Swedenborg’s ‘Secrets of Heaven’ takes my thoughts further and gives me hope that the Lord’s truth can lie hidden in the most unlikely places of human hearts and minds and yet show the same resilience as a seed. Like seeds, those truths can be so small as to remain unnoticed within us, until the time is ripe for the Lord to flow into them and bring them to our awareness. As with the innumerable seeds in any patch of soil, so there must be innumerable ideas of truth in any person and community waiting for the right conditions to grow. I remember driving past the remains of bombed out buildings after the war and seeing them come alive with all kinds of so called weeds.
I take hope from these plant seeds that in all lives there are wonderfully resilient seeds of truth which the Lord has placed there which can change peoples’ lives for the good.
As in the story of the sower, seeds of truth can grow for all kinds of reasons: self-interest (I need to be accepted), short term enthusiasm for them, etc. The Lord uses these reasons to eventually, with our permission, lead us to love these truths because of the unselfish, honest and life of integrity they bring us.
The Lord’s church’s role is to help Him plant His seeds in peoples’ lives and encourage them to grow into beautiful and fruitful human beings.
With every good wish, John.