By: Cathy Morrow
New beginnings can be very uncomfortable or daunting. As Christians, we should never be hesitant to move forward long as we are in the will of God.
Many times, the Bible uses horticulture to teach life lessons. I often refer to the example of planting seeds as an illustration of how we grow as individuals. First, the ground has to be tilled. This involves breaking the soil up so that the seed can be planted. It is a stressful act on the ground. Sometimes our new beginnings can start with a job loss, a death, or more positively, a promotion. This can be a very stressful time in our lives. Once the seed is planted, the soil has to be watered. This allows for the casing of the seed to be soften so that roots can be formed. This represents the storms that we face in our lives that keeps us rooted and grounded in the word of God. As the plant grows, it gets stronger and stronger and eventually breaks ground. For me, this mirrors the many barriers that we face when we take on new challenges in life. Then as we are stronger in our faith, stronger in our walk with God, we grow into something beautiful like a rose and robust as a tree. As we encounter new beginnings or new challenges, the process begins again, as the dropping of a seed.