“A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.”
I mean, I had planted four zucchinis. Four identical seeds from the same package, four little identical sprouts, four little robust plants that got set out a few feet apart from each other in the same patch of soil.
But as they matured, something odd happened.
Two plants were definitely zucchinis. Prickly green leaves. Sunny yellow blossoms. Green cylindrical fruit.
But the other two were – well, rather peculiar. They had leaves of a similar shape, but elongated. Their blooms were a shade of pale butter. And their fruits?
Rather an odd shade of off-white, with stripes.
I don’t remember planting this….
I’ve been gardening for close to thirty years now, and the odd time the seed in the package isn’t exactly what you paid for. Many of those seeds are teeny weeny l’il things – they could easily get blown into the wrong place by an errant sneeze. (Ew.)
But it must happen sometimes!
The same package. Two of one kind, and two of another.
What I’m saying is, be careful what you sow.
This verse from Proverbs reminds us that our words and actions are very like planting a garden. Like the old adage says, “Your heart is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds; you can plant flowers, or you can plant weeds”. It is remarkably easy to plant seeds of strife – that skill comes with the cloak of humanity with which we are all draped. Gossip, slander, complaints, negative talk – these all sow something into the air and ears around us, and it is oh, so simple to toss seed of that type around.
But the implication of these words is that the flip side can also be true – by careful diligence, our words and actions can also sow peace, unity, encouragement, and hope.
The trouble is, both come in the same package.
When they are seeds, and small, the visual differences will be negligible.
It is when they are full grown that the real harvest begins…
Check the package. Be sure of what you are planting.
Be careful what you sow.
Seed something beautiful with me today?
Father, our planting processes are so often thoughtless and careless. Teach us to stop and inspect what we are sowing. Help us to only reproduce what is lovely, beneficial, uplifting, and beautiful. Amen.