“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.” Hebrews 11:1-3
The mystical way memories, conversations and events interlink to create a continuous chain of a life story is profound. Seeds are planted in the grounded nature of our minds. Our lived experiences and heart truths water and sow the seeds. And they are reaped in the fruits of our spirit, never killing the new, green life, but honoring its purpose that serves a time and place in our stories. The same fertile ground of our minds and hearts yields many different crops, and is never limited in what it can produce. We are all uniquely made, with gardens of possibilities different from those around us, yet united in our humanity. The Holy Spirit grows our whole selves.
Where can we open our hearts more? Which seeds and crops do we tend to ignore or shame, and need God’s growing light? The seeds may be covered in dark soil, but the light of God will never shame it. We are made for so much more and the created world of God has so much more to offer than that which makes us ashamed. Our shame threatens to consume us when we linger alone in its darkness. By naming it, feeling through it, and knowing we are never truly alone with it, we start shine light into it. Our God has never abandoned us, and will never abandon us. Our hope comes in our God who grows and groans in our spirits, even while the seeds are still sown.
Creator God, transform us through your spirit of growth and life. May the seeds you sow in our lives bloom into your light in the world. Amen.