“Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened.”
Seeds were made to grow. Seriously, they were designed to germinate.
But mine aren’t doing their job…
I’ve got them.
I’ve got them bad.
The ‘Germination Blues’, I mean. I started my kangaroo apples weeks ago.
Now, don’t get me wrong – kangaroo apples are tricky to germinate. They often take weeks – or longer – to spring out of the soil.
I’m trying to resist the impulse to dig them up. To poke around in the pots. To see if any of the itty bitty seeds are at least breaking dormancy.
It’s been done, y’all.
By this time of year, I’m ready to kiss snow goodbye, and more than ready to see green after months of white and brown and beige and blah. I start trays of seedlings in my house and then move them out to my garden room. It’s fun!
Unless they don’t grow…
Hence the germination blues.
It’s disheartening when what I plant doesn’t grow the way it should.
Or the way I expect it to grow.
Ever had that thought about your spiritual life?
Ever planted some good Truth in your heart and then seen all the effort – fizzle? Dry up?
Or not even get a start?
Yeah. Me, too.
But don’t lose hope just yet!
There are a few things you can do while you wait for signs of growth.
1. Check the soil.
Is your heart stubborn? Does Truth have a chance to more than scratch the surface? Spend some time preparing your inner self for growth to happen – test your humility meter. Make sure your nutrients are available with regular confession checks. Stay soft and responsive to God’s leading.
2. Stay hydrated.
Regularly water the seed you plant with prayer. Stay open to a change of direction or new information by remaining in ‘listening mode’. Add good things to your day which will support the new learning – Bible reading and meditation on God’s Word. Listen to worshipful and uplifting music. Be aware of your time spent on social media platforms and in the news – negative inputs can hamper your progress.
3. Be patient.
New habits – especially good ones – take time to build and gain momentum. The seed coat needs to crack. Baby roots need to learn which direction they should go. The root structures need to develop vigour in order to sustain the plant; roots, then shoots.
Don’t get stuck in the Germination Blues.
After all, the growth process is God’s – and He will ensure that what was planted in you will root, grow, and blossom.
Wait for good things to germinate with me?
Father, we get so impatient, and our expectations of instant growth are so impractical! Remind us to sink deep into Your truth and allow it to germinate at the pace You direct it to. Crack our hard hearts and soak our souls with Your kindness, gentleness, and love so that good things are free to germinate in our lives. Amen.