“And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”
Seeds are fascinating.
No really. They are.
They come in all shapes and sizes – some are sticky. Some are spiky. Others are minuscule, while still others are lumpy or ridged or equipped with wings. Some are tender and easily cracked. Others will only split open after a fire destroys their seed coat. But no matter how they look or what their habits are, they all have something in common.
The miracle of life.
Inside each one is an embryo, a baby plantling ready to come to life once the conditions for its survival are met. A little rain, a little available soil, a little sunshine, and a garden is born.
I wonder what seeds of peace look like?
Are they wee rainbows? Peace symbols? All sunshine and music?
Or do they have a really rough seed coat that needs special conditions to grow?
Or perhaps the trick is in the planting.
A gentle word where there has only been accusation. An act of kindness where there has been hostility. A smile and a nod in the face of opposition. A spirit of grace where there has been thoughtlessness.
See, peacemakers are gardeners of sorts. They must patiently scatter peace seeds in inclement weather. They must tend to patches of soil that are inhospitable. They must water, by hand, dry and bare soil, praying for results as they go.
And the harvest is pretty sweet.
As in, goodness. Moral excellence. Purity. Right standing with God.
What a high calling.
What a whole new way to garden.
As the gardener toils for the love of the process and the hope of a healthy harvest, so we carefully tend to the people around us, sprinkling words and acts of hope and love wherever we go.
And whether we see the results or not, they are there – flowers and carrots and oxygenated air and the cool reprieve of a beautiful space at the end of a hard day.
Plant seeds of peace with me?
Father, thank You for the privilege of working in Your garden. Help us to diligently sow seeds of peace wherever we go. Open our eyes to the beauty of the task before us. Amen.