There’s an old fairy tale story of Jack and the Bean Stalk. Something about a giant and a huge bean stalk that grew up from a seed he planted. I’m not good with fairy tales so let’s get to the point.
Last year I hung a bird feeder in my yard and thoroughly enjoyed watching the various types of birds enjoying it and I was constantly chasing the squirrels away from it to no avail. Then suddenly I noticed the five pounds of seed that filled the feeder would mysteriously disappear over night. Now squirrels don’t eat that much in a short time! They will enjoy tipping up the feeder and scampering away to bury some of the seeds. The mystery deepened until one day….
The mystery was solved!
I named the deer “Daisy.” She continued to return for her fill of bird seed, so I decided to make her a “dinner plate” after learning she likes corn kernels…
and so do the squirrels.
“Sparky” (I name all my friends) made haste and with great pleasure upon discovering Daisy’s dinner he would have his fill and then carry some off to bury for a later snack.
Luke 8:11 says, “…The seed is the word of God.” Watching the squirrel dig a small hole and bury a corn kernel made me think of how we are to plant seeds of faith. I know for me it is sometimes discouraging when I don’t see any results from the seeds I plant in non-believers. “They just don’t get it” is often my thought but on the other hand we just never know what that planted seed might produce.
Of course we have to be careful of the type of seed we are planting. If it is a seed of discouragement the fruit will be “rotten.” If we plant seeds of hope and love the harvest could bring a sweet aroma glorifying the Lord. Sometimes we just have no idea what that seed will or will not produce.
While Daisy and her fawns enjoy their free meal and the squirrel is busy planting his seeds for future nourishment…
I shall enjoy the harvest from Sparky’s faithful endeavor.
Blessings to you.