April 14, 2014

Nature: lessons from a seed

I remember being younger and hearing people talk about how gardening holds so many life lessons.  I also remember brushing off those ridiculous comments because really, it was just a garden!  Then I dipped my baby toe into the world of seeds and soil.  Last summer was my first official garden, and we enjoyed our strawberries, green beans, herbs and zucchini.  (why is there a "h" in zucchini?!)  I marveled at what happens when seeds meets water and sun and earth.
It is truly amazing, miraculous even, to put a dry crumb of a seed into the ground and watch green life sprout from it.  Somehow that teensy seed held just enough potential to be transformed into an abundance of green leaves and fruit!  Seeds are nothing exciting to look at; they easily get lost or swept into dustpan.  Seemingly lifeless they sit on their shelf until someone decides they are worth it.  Moved from the coziness of their package they are placed in the often cold, wet, dark earth.  When surrounded by such a difficult, suffocating place, they push towards the warmth, the sun, and find that they have transformed completely!  Gorgeous leaves soak in sun rays while their roots continue to soak in the wet from the earth.  Life from the seemingly insignificant.
Are you drawing parallels here?  Something about each person holding immense potential, awaiting the right circumstances?  Letting difficulties push you forward into a better place?  Allowing someone to call to attention your strengths?  Something about stepping out of your comfort zone?  Maybe? Ok, soapbox is being put away.

 P.S.  Stephanie, your herbs survived a winter outside, and are sprouting new growth already!  Thanks for the start.

1 comment:

  1. Love it! I knew I recognized those pots, even before making it to the bottom of your post :) Enjoy :) This year I'm branching out, I have herbs but also kale, spinach, and....tomatoes. While I dabble we signed up for a CSA- our produce starts next week, can't wait! I hope there will be gardening in Heaven!

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