Photos from Pine Mountain Settlement School – Pine Mountain, Kentucky USA
It is very easy to look at spring’s beautiful blossoms popping up and take for granted that they were there last year, are coming up again this year, and will be there next year. Some are from seeds, some from bulbs, all carefully planned and arranged. While we appreciate the loveliness, we may not think any deeper about how they got there.
At some point in time every flower garden, every manicured lawn, every contained patch of blossoms was planned and planted by someone. While nature’s profusion of springtime beauties grows wild and amazing, reseeding the land and returning every year without human hands, flower gardens are not so.
Photos from Kylemore Abbey’s Walled Gardens – Ireland
Someone had to have a preference for certain flowers to take time to plant them in a flower garden. They may have liked the color, the length of staying power of each flower, or the season in which the flower blooms. It takes thought, working in the dirt, tending the plants, and pulling weeds to make a flower garden a picture of beauty. Often, the person who took such great care with their plants passes away and someone else picks up where they left off, perhaps adding other specimens from time to time.
Photos from Biltmore House and Gardens – North Carolina, USA
As we go through life, we are planting seeds of good or evil along our way. Some we can tend and get to see the blossoms for ourselves. Others will bloom when we aren’t looking. And still others will be tended by hands we know nothing about.
The spring delights I have seen in the last few days reminded me of the parable Jesus spoke of about the sower of seeds.
Matthew 13 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Sower
13 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Let us sow our seeds of faith, love, and goodness as we have opportunity to do so, knowing that not all will survive, but in confidence that there will be seeds the spring up gloriously, grow, and bear fruit long after we know about it.