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They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds.
March 27, 2016
Life can be cruel and as you walk through it you will undoubtedly face hardship. Some days it will seem like you are being buried alive. It’s during those times we may find ourselves pleading with God. “God, why? Where are you? Why would you allow this to happen?” We wonder how we’ll ever escape.
I won’t pretend to have answers to these questions and I believe that there are some things we’ll simply never understand. We aren’t promised that we wont go through hardships, but we are promised that God will never leave us or forsake us.
In this scripture God affirms to us that we are never alone. We are never too far from Him or buried too deep.
I recently came across a Mexican proverb that says, “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” After reading this, I became intrigued with seeds and went to Webster’s dictionary to see how “seed” was defined there:
A small object produced by a plant from which a new plant can grow; the beginning of something which continues to develop or grow.
I believe we share similarities with seeds in that our hardships and trials are only the beginnings of greater things to come. Like a seed we are buried under the dirt in darkness and feel alone. We experience situations in which we feel paralyzed and unable to move or see what’s ahead. But what the devil meant for harm, God can use for good. Like a seed we only need the proper soil and attention to grow. We can and will stay buried if we don’t allow ourselves to develop roots and spring forth. We need to water our lives with God’s word and promises. We must seek freedom and growth. Like the parable of the farmer scattering seeds:
Matthew 13:3-9 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
Legendary guitar player Stevie Ray Vaughan once said, “I hit rock bottom but thank God my bottom wasn’t death.” I don’t wish rock bottom on anyone but I find it interesting that it sometimes takes rock bottom for us to realize the state we’re in. Still, as long as we have life in us we have a chance to get back up, no matter how low we get.
We should aim to build our life on good soil by seeking to hear, understand, and receive the Word of God and allowing it to accomplish its purpose in our life. Yes, life can be hard and disappointing at times but it can also be beautiful. This is evident when you watch others rise above all that the devil meant for evil. By trusting in God they end up flourishing and living their dreams. For me, there’s nothing more inspiring than to watch someone live life to the fullest and flourish no matter what life throws at them. Why do you think people are so drawn to stories of triumph? So many movies and books are written about humble beginnings and triumphant endings.
So today I encourage you to keep fighting. Keep pushing forward because all that you have been through is not in vain. He is preparing you for greater things and your story isn’t finished. Just as Christ’s story wasn’t finished when he died on the cross. He resurrected from the dead and conquered death so that we could flourish. So remember, no matter your current situation, you can grow stronger still and live an abundant life. You are not alone or too far-gone. You were made for more!