Sowing seeds are not the most exciting times of a farmers’ year. But for an insightful person, it’s one of the most significant events in the planting season.

As I started 2016, God laid on my heart that this is a time to sow seeds. My skype status still bears these words: a time to sow seeds. Maybe I can share a little about seeds…

Basically – you dig up some earth and leave a couple of good seeds in the ground to germinate (that’s the simple way to put it).

But it doesn’t end there.

Sowing is hard, because of the waiting. As your seed drinks in nutrients from the deep, you will think it sprouts up immediately.

No. You will look left and right – and see other people’s plants sprouting. But yours is still level ground. Actually, below level ground.

And, since you and God are growing an oak tree from a tiny acorn (or an orange tree from seeds), you’re in for the long but immensely rewarding haul. It’s not going to be like the speed of a maize shoot. Except you are growing maize.

In fact, if you patiently submit to God’s process, you will find yourself having the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to mature alongside the tree, which, though small at first, will in time become a massive fixture in your neighborhood and a gift to be passed on to future generations.

As it grows, you have the chance to take an active role in the natural beauty of the tree’s life cycle. When your tree stands tall among the woods and continues to give fruit and shade decades after twenty life-cycles of maize, you will have a sturdy life with wisdom to back it up.

It’s my time to sow seeds.

I think it is yours too.

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