The Possibility of a Seed
October 23, 2013
In John 12:24, Jesus says that a seed of wheat must die to bear much fruit. I’ve often wondered how a dead seed can produce anything alive. But much truth can be learned by what Jesus said.
Some seeds are living, and others dry up and die. As for the wheat stalk, once the grain is pollinated, the entire plant begins to die. When the seed is hard and dry, then it can be planted the next year. A seed that is alive cannot be stored long; otherwise, it will grow fungus. This has happened to me before with live seed. Now, when I collect seeds in the fall, I put them in a cool, dry place until it is time to plant in the spring.
Jesus brought this metaphor from nature to life when he connected the idea with his own death and the death of the human body and the resurrection of the spirit from the body. He wanted us to understand that death fulfilled a purpose in life. That purpose is both about departing the body in spirit and also about dying to the Ego Mind. Both can be accomplished on our journey here on earth.
After really understanding this, it is very difficult for me to cry about a friend’s death. I often mourn the survivors more than the actual death of the person.
Seeds have also been used in other spiritual metaphors. Many people in the past, mostly prominently, Ernest Holmes, wrote about “seed thoughts,” as well. Reverend Holmes said: “This Power works like the soil; it receives the seed of your thought and at once begins to operate upon it.”
What comes to mind most often with Jesus’ scripture and with Ernest Holmes’s quote reminds me of the many times I have had a dream and tried with my own volition, instead of God’s, to make it appear in my life. After much trials and tribulation, sending out 1000 manuscripts or demos, one learns fairly quickly that nothing happens outside of the will of God.
If you are a spiritual seeker, you recognize that only in God’s timing can your dream appear. If you are attached to any outcome in your life, you will usually be disappointed.
I’ve watched this happen in Nashville and in New York City. Many dreams of so many songwriters and singers and musicians are dashed after they audition or submit their first demo. Usually, they have made many common mistakes. Producers and auditioners usually listen and scoff when they hear a novice demo or a singer doing something as pedantic as singing slightly off pitch or indicating too much with her hands. Most people aren’t equipped to do the precise work of a studio musician or a Broadway stage performer, nor have the expertise to understand the dos and don’ts or auditioning.
So, after moving from somewhere like a small town in Oklahoma, where the singer was the cream of the crop, he or she quickly finds out that singing has so little to do with making a star. The seed dream of young musicians simply can’t withstand the amount of rejection they must get before success actually happens. The seedling isn’t deeply rooted enough and watered with the right understanding of the craft, so it withers and dies.
God has a purpose in letting our dreams get dashed sometimes. The reason is to help us learn about the timing of God. Nothing happens without the blessing and leading of the Holy Spirit. I know this to be true in my own life. I’ve had to fall on my face plenty of times to get it that I can only be prepared for life!
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