Little Girl and Her Seed
It was just a small seed.
Nothing special. But the girl was determined to plant it.
She found a little piece of dirt next to the street.
"Maybe it will grow
there," she thought.
With a small grubby finger,
she pushed the seed down into the earth and then smoothed
the soil over it. Then, as an afterthought, the little girl
placed a stick near the spot -- a marker showing where the
plant would grow.
That night, while the
little girl was asleep, an unexpected storm came. The child
wasn't able to go outside the next day, or the next. It
was too muddy! Finally, when she ran out into the yard,
looking for her stick that marked the spot…it was all gone.
Gone! Even the dirt that the little girl had so carefully
patted down was a muddy mess.
The rain had washed it
Shoulders slumped, the
girl walked away.
"Now my seed will
never grow…" she pouted.
When we lived in Lisbon,
Portugal, we lived on the 14th floor of an apartment building.
Out the front door of the apartment and for miles after,
there was only sidewalk and street. Almost no grass could
be found! We didn't really mind. We love big cities, noise,
But right in front of
our apartment building was a tiny patch of earth.
"Can we plant seeds
there, Mom?" the children wanted to know.
"Oh… I don't know.
That's not really OUR dirt…"
"Whose is it?"
Bracken asked. "All I see is trash…" He walked
gingerly through the grass and filth and picked up a few
pieces of trash. "Here's a patch of earth," he
So, the next time we
walked by we poked little seeds into the ground. I didn't
think anyone would mind, or even notice. We had quite an
assortment -- lima beans, sunflower seeds, and pieces of
These things will
never grow! I thought to myself. Maybe the kids will just
forget about them.
Actually, I forgot about
them -- we all forgot! Until almost two months later. I
walked by that patch of earth and something caught my eye.
Right there, in the midst of all the weeds and the trash
and the filth, were bean plants, sunflowers, and potato
vines!! The color of the flowers and the healthy green of
the plants startled me! The elevator could not move fast
enough as I raced to our high rise apartment to get the
children. They just had to see the life and the hope, in
the midst of a filthy, trashy, hopeless-looking patch of
They just had to see!
We all stood there in
amazement, marveling at the growth -- at what God had done
-- even in the midst of seeming impossibility.
We've felt despairing
recently. Have you?
Some days, when Jonah
is in a lot of pain -- or when he spends all day in his
wheelchair -- I feel so helpless. I become completely unmotivated.
I find myself just staring at nothing, looking to God for
answers, but not knowing how to pray.
When Ken goes day after
day without employment, he feels discouraged. Sometimes
it just seems pointless to even try to find a job.
Brooklyn has good days
and bad days -- struggling still with her heart rate and
her breathing. It can be such an emotional rollercoaster
for her -- for all of us.
Someone is still against
us -- trying to now drain our bank account. Someone has
stolen Ken's information and is seeking to destroy us. We
feel angry, and so weary.
I just don't want to
go through this anymore! I don't want all this sickness
in our family life, all this uncertainty, all these attacks-these
filthy, trashy, hopeless -- looking trials!
During one of my paralyzed
moments of sadness this week, God reminded me of that time
in Lisbon…that time when we planted beauty into a hopeless
plot of ground in that big city. So with that miracle of
life on my mind, I went outside on that chilly afternoon,
here in St. Louis, and I stuck my fingers into the damp
cool earth of our front yard. I even planted a few flower
bulbs and an old prickly cactus. I thought of the beauty
that would surely come one day from those gnarly old bulbs
and the dirt that stained my fingers.
I sat for a moment, in
the dirt. I listened to the birds, I felt the wind blowing
on my face and I watched the clouds go by. I sat and thought
about the God of beauty that brings hope and makes all things
Sometimes I feel like
that little girl who plants her seed and the storm washes
it away. But do you know the rest of her story?
It's true that the little
girl thought all was lost. Her seed was gone. There was
no hope of growth or beauty now. Time went by. Many months
later, the little girl began to notice a small and beautiful,
healthy sapling growing down the street, in an abandoned
field. Who had planted that?
Then she knew! It was
her seed! The rain had washed it away from her grasp, and
yet life had taken hold in the most unexpected place! There
was her dream -- growing and thriving and standing strong
in the most unusual place.
Full of hope and excitement,
the little girl ran down the street and stood next to that
young tree, fingering its branches. She cried real tears,
though she didn't really know why. Something about seeing
that tree -- different from what she expected, yet full
of life and purpose -- made her cry.
Knowing that God didn't
forget her tiny seed -- knowing that God Himself planted
purpose in that field-well…it filled her heart with joy.
Life is not always what
we imagine, is it? Dreams die and circumstances change.
God may do things differently
than you expect, but He never abandons. His plans are full
of purpose, full of meaning, full of opportunity.
What is your problem
today? What makes you sad? Take heart. God has not forgotten.
Your hope is still there. God is bringing forth life and
He has overcome the world!
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have
In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart!
I have overcome the world.
Dear friends, do not be surprised
at the painful trial you are suffering,
as though something strange were happening to you.
that you participate in the sufferings of Christ so that
you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.
I Peter 4:12-13
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