Every Minute a Seed

“God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: plants yielding seeds according to their kinds, and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.’ It was so” (Gen. 1:11, NET).

“The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Gal. 6:8, NIV).

You see the picture here? That’s a seed that I found this weekend. I was outside of the city in the jungle, and spotted it on the ground. I nudged it with my foot, wondering if it was a mushroom. It didn’t feel like one. So I picked it up, and realized it was some kind of seed.

My husband tells me that it’s the seed of a tree. I’d never seen anything like it before. I was fascinated, and took it with me. Soon, Holy Spirit started talking to me about it. He reminded me that every detail in the physical world is a reflection of a pre-existing detail in the spiritual world. He has planted discoveries all around us, to teach us aspects of spiritual reality. He set up creation to point to Him, to teach us about who He is. We can learn so much about His heart and His truths by opening our eyes and ears to pay attention to the clues He continually drops into our laps.

The next day, I held the seed up and showed it to those attending a retreat where I was teaching. I shared with them what Holy Spirit was stirring in my heart: that every minute we are given on earth is like this seed. Sixty seconds seem like something really small, just like a seed does. However, what we do with each little segment of our time has implications that will grow into something enormous, much like the majestic trees of the Amazon Rainforest that towered over the perimeter of our retreat center.

Everything matters. Absolutely every word that we speak matters. Every decision, every action, every inner attitude that we choose moment by moment. Every human interaction. Every thought. Every prayer. Every movement in the direction of obedience, or away from it. Each one is a seed. Each one is one step closer to who we are becoming.

Even more weightily, each and every one is getting observed and recorded in those very same books that will come open before God at the end of lives. Each and every one will determine how He will be able to reward us, or not… and how we will spend forever and ever and ever, time without end.

When 2021 is over, you will have lived another 525,600 minutes since January 1st. Those are 525,600 seeds. Where do you want to plant those that remain? What is truly, vitally important to you? What harvest do you want to plan on? Wherever you plant them… be assured, dear one, that’s where they will grow.

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Has Holy Spirit spoken to you recently, using some detail of the physical world around you as His message material?

11 thoughts on “Every Minute a Seed

  1. I have been marinating in what you shared here and as I was resting just now, the story of Hosea and Gomer came to me. God’s people are likened to the prostitute but what I didn’t see until you posted this was the redeeming work God was doing each time she was sought after and brought back home. Each time she couldn’t receive the love being showered upon her because she felt so dirty and unworthy and the prophet was commanded to bring her back.

    Not just in her, but in those around her who witnessed the love, compassion and mercy of God in action. Seeds were being sown so richly, right there, all around her in those dens of sin, through the never-forsaking covenant of love in action. Now, I am starting to see that verse in action-

    Joel 2:25-27
    “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,
    The crawling locust,
    The consuming locust,
    And the chewing locust,
    My great army which I sent among you.
    26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
    And praise the name of the Lord your God,
    Who has dealt wondrously with you;
    And My people shall never be put to shame.
    27 Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel:
    I am the Lord your God
    And there is no other.
    My people shall never be put to shame.

    Thank you for this gift from God. I praise God for the blessing of your blog. Each time, He returns the Words you sow here to me to show me something new that so warms my heart.

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    1. I have a big, big smile reading your words. What joy it brings me to know that He has blessed you in such a special way with this! Truly, Anna, thank you for sharing this with me. You have made my day significantly better!

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  2. Thank you for this inspirational and beautiful blog. Much to ponder. The responsibility on we who blog, write, and share with others should always be that we ask God to help us plant rich seeds pointing to eternal life in the minds and hearts of others and pray that God the Holy Spirit will water every one.

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  3. This is something I have been thinking over a lot this year. What things do I want to be in my life, what people is God calling me to be around and to be with, what is unnecessary for my life that I can lay down to God?

    While we have been experiencing another necessary lockdown here, I have been experiencing low periods of two or three days, where the fog inside my mind doesn’t allow me to see the seeds that God has gifted me to plant. Negative thought loops take hold and I end up running in place no matter what I do or where I try to put my energy.

    Sometimes it is about doing nothing in those moments. Going for a walk and letting the thoughts run their course. And as I was walking through one of our local bush tracks a few ideas for scenes in a fantasy book I started writing a few years ago sprouted. I think being outside, and walking, without intention for it to be anything other than a walk, allows me to remove any pressure on myself for trying to process those thoughts myself. In those moments walking through the trees, even if I’m not intentionally praying, God is with me in His beautiful creation.

    Thank you for the thought provoking question. ❤

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    1. That is suuch a healthy way to respond to attacks on your thoughts and emotions. And amen — even when we are not intentionally forming words in prayer, just being with Him communing is such a special form of fellowship with His Spirit. I really like the Passion Translation of 1 Thess. 5:17, “May your life a prayer,” I think it is 🙂

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