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Bloom

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Last spring the kids and I planted seeds. We stuck those radish and turnip seeds just the right amount into the dark soil. We watered, we nurtured, we waited.

Before the new life, that seed went into the ground to die.

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. John 12: 24-25

I’ve heard this Bible verse talked about so many times, and every time it sounds so easy. Just let it die. Like there’s no pain in it.

The kids and I, we get our gloves on and push that seed into the ground. It seems straight forward.

And we talk about that verse like it’s nothing to push that seed of our heart into the ground.

We face obstacles, trials, loss and suffering. We face failures. Dreams die. Precious things we’ve held dear in our lives fall apart. Tears fall.

This seed of faith, once cultivated by big dreams and great plans falls into the ground and dies. The dark weight of the dirt presses in on all sides, the mess of our lives caving in on this one seed, and in the crushing, it begins to grow.

Who said it was easy? It can be painful.

Even Jesus pleaded with God before the crucifixion, “Father, remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?” Even Jesus felt agony in going to the Cross and fulfilling God’s will for humanity.

Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face.

He had to die for the resurrection to take place, for us to have this resurrection life.

And we have bad days, crushing days. The seed dies, but beneath the surface, life takes form.

Some parts of our lives would have been easier to skip. Like we could just beg the Father to remove this trial from our lives.

But then we’d skip the redemption, the new life, the bloom. And without the death of that seed, we’d miss the growth on the underside.

Sometimes the broken choruses we’d like to skip over are the very ones that make life worth it.

Jesus transforms us. He takes that seed and redeems its life.

“For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4

We can’t see the work happening on the underside that’s growing us and producing fruit in this place of surrender, growing us completely, fully developing us for this life of surrender, this harvest.

Complete redemption. Resurrection life.

We bloom.

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16 thoughts on “Bloom

  1. This was an excellent post. You spoke the truth when you said:
    “Some parts of our lives would have been easier to skip. Like we could just beg the Father to remove this trial from our lives.

    But then we’d skip the redemption, the new life, the bloom. And without the death of that seed, we’d miss the growth on the underside.”

    Very true!

  2. You can’t have full harmony in the treble clef; you need the bass clef to fill it out. Likewise, our troubles are necessary in the symphony God is writing in our lives – to His glory and our blessing. Great post.

    • That is put beautifully! So much of what prepares us for the purpose He’s created us for happens in those struggles or trials. He builds character and shapes us. The victories are wonderful, but character gets tested in the trenches. We sure need both and I just love how God orchestrates our lives! You are a blessing. Thank you.

  3. I tried commenting last night, but for some reason it appears not to have gone through. Anyway, what I tried to say was that this is a beautifully written post (made me teary eyed, actually) and such a good reminder. My husband and I are on the other side of a very difficult 2-year trial that affected me personally but was painful for both of us. Knowing that God was using it at least in part to cause us to be more fruitful was a much-needed reminder *very* often. The dying hurts, but knowing God gives only good gifts to His children makes all the difference.

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m looking forward to reading yours.

    • So true. Yes, when we go through trials (and we all do…to varying degrees) we have to remember and know that God is always good, all the time, in every season. I’m sorry for the difficult 2 years, but God is faithful, like you know.It can be so painful though. He will redeem it. You’ll see. Praying for you now. Thank you for stopping by. Blessings to you!

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