Planting a Seed -- By Marion Smith

"I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow." (1 Cor. 3:6)
 
I am sure you have seen this – weeds or little flowers pushing their way up to the sunshine in a crack of a sidewalk, driveway or road.  Sometimes I wonder how they thrive so well, when things I have planted intentionally do so poorly!  Today I noticed a wonderful gift from God in our cement patio area. The spot where the bird dropped the sunflower seed was almost invisible to the eye.  There was no obvious dirt to nurture its growth, and no water to sustain it. Despite all odds, and because I didn’t pull it up when it looked so ugly and weedy, it grew and blossomed into a beautiful sunflower which I enjoyed.

When we share our love for the Lord with someone, or when we tell them how God has helped and sustained us in our need, we are planting a seed in that person’s mind.  It is a seed of love that will grow into full bloom, in God’s perfect time.  We don’t have to feel responsible to nurture, fertilize and water this seed to death. All we have to do it plant it. God will take care of the rest.  The most important thing for Christians is  - do not pull the seed of love as it grows.  Do not discourage or make fun of anyone searching for the truth. They may ask questions or do things which look like a weed- unattractive and annoying, but…… it is our responsibility to pray for that person and watch God do His marvelous miracle as He draws the unbeliever into His divine presence. Do you agree?

What a privilege to remember, once again, that God is in control.

Marion Smith 
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