Monday, February 11, 2013

Spinach Seeds and Apple Trees

Have you been to Home Depot lately?  Seed packets are in!  Last fall I went looking too late; there were no spinach seeds to be found.  So when I was there a few days ago I got some for early planting and picked up some Brussels sprouts on a whim.  They were only $1.59.  Even if I harvest nothing at all, it’s worth that much to dig in the dirt and enjoy the experiment.

I was thinking about those little brown spinach seeds this morning in Sunday School.  In the Christian Life class we are working our way through a study of end-time events.  We started out going through the Gospel of John, and someone asked a question that got us into this study. We started it in June and are still going strong in Revelation. I love the people I meet with on Sunday mornings, but today I got sort of stuck on one verse and couldn’t keep my mind following the discussion, as interesting as it was.

Here’s where my thoughts kept landing:  I Corinthians 15:35-38—“But someone will say, ‘How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?’ Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.  And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.” 

“To each seed its own body”—Think of that!  I don’t know if you’ve planted spinach, but the seed is a tiny little brown ball, a bit larger than a pin head. Inside that hard little nugget is the blueprint for lovely, tender, nourishing, green leaves. Inside a little black apple pip is a complete tree with a trunk and places for bird nests and blossoms every spring.  It’s a magnificent and amazing plan.  Paul was making a point about resurrection in his discussion, and it’s going to take some long meditating for me to have a really good handle on what he was conveying.  But all spring I’m going to have an opportunity to see the analogy in action right in my own back yard!

I can’t wait.
--Sherry Poff


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