I like to grow things. I have a large garden and a raised bed garden. I have compost bins and rain barrels and, most recently, all the paraphernalia to begin beekeeping.
I actually can’t make things grow though. I can only place seeds or small plants in the right conditions for them to be able to grow. If I monitor the conditions and provide for their needs, I can watch as beautiful plants grow to maturity and bear beautiful fruit.
It is a wonderful process. I never grow tired of it.
Gardening always makes me think of the parallels to human life. Take seeds for example. Inside a seed is an identity. An apple seed is an apple seed. A bean seed is a bean seed. A sunflower seed is a sunflower seed. But also, within each seed is a destiny. An apple seed will become an apple tree and a bean seed will become a green sprawling bean plant. Sunflower seeds will grow into green giants. And lastly, within each seed is a purpose. Apple seeds are designed to produce a sweet, delicious fruit, bean seeds produce beans, and sunflower seeds produce a huge gorgeous flower full of new seeds that are food for birds and animals. The design and plan of seeds is amazing.
Humans are like seeds. Within each of us is a pre-designed identity, destiny, and purpose.
The problem with growing things, however, whether it be a plant or a human being is that conditions matter for the health of a living thing. If you plant a seed in harsh conditions, it won’t thrive well. And if a human is raised or placed in harsh, unloving, conditions where it is deprived, it will, at its best, survive. Hurts, abuse, and disappointment can cause a person to live in darkness to their true identity, never go down the path that leads to their God-appointed destiny and not fulfill their God-designed purpose.
There is good news though. Like the 4,000 year old seeds that were found in the pyramids of Egypt that were planted, nurtured, and that sprouted and grew, these attributes can never be lost but they can lie dormant until placed in the right conditions. Every human being has deep within them a God-given identity, destiny, and purpose that cannot be taken away or destroyed.
If you have been in a place of darkness and difficulty, take heart. Deep within you remains everything you need to be who you were created to be, go where you were designed to go and fulfill the purposes planned for your life. All you need is to begin to nurture the incredible being that God created you to be. Believe. Take care of yourself. Move into the source of life Himself to receive from Him His nurturing and care. It is never too late. Grow.