November Twenty-eighth; What Small Thing Happened Today, For Which I am Thankful? Seeds.

Oh wait, did I give it away? Maybe. Maybe not. 

We all know the purpose of a seed. You plant in in soil, whether in a planter or directly in the ground and something grows. Whether it is vegetables, flowers, or trees. Seed plus soil equals plant. Most of the time. 

With me, when it comes to planting seeds it is hit or miss as to whether they will grow. I may plant in the wrong soil type, the weather may take a bad turn, the seeds may have been bad or I may have neglected the proper care of the seedlings. Every once in a while though, something amazing happens and keeps hope alive in my heart that I can manage to grow plants from seeds. There was the one year where I had such an abundance of cucumbers that I ran out of people to share with. One year I had so many morning glories growing on my fence that I had to find support poles to keep the fence upright. But those were exceptions. I do better going to the nursery and buying plants that already have a little size to them. 

But This isn’t about plants, or is it?

This morning I sat looking at the prompt for today’s write. I thought then it was too early in the day to realize what small thing I was thankful for when it hadn’t happened yet. Or so I thought. There are flowers that open early in the morning, such as the Morning Glory, bringing color and beauty to the beginning day.

This morning, as I was trying to catch up reading what fellow bloggers had shared, a seed was planted. As I sat reading the blog before me, considering the information shared and the thoughts it provoked, I realized my small thing. That seed planted.

What I read, reminded me of pieces of information that I knew, and taught me some things I did not know. Presented in a way that I took was fully intended to inform and educated without belittling the uninformed. As I read and contemplated the content, the planted seed began to germinate. My response to what I read was this: Knowledge is an important pathway toward understanding. There is no shame in seeking that path and reaching toward that goal. Understanding, is always a quest to be undertaken and nurtured. If one can grasp even a small part of what another believes, then they have gained much. With each small mustard seed of understanding, greater respect grows. There, was my small thing, there was my seed. The thing about seeds though, is in the planting.

In the Bible is the parable of the sower. Mark chapter 4:

3“Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds [a]of the air came and devoured it. 5Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. 6But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. 7And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no [b]crop. 8But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

The parable was explained this way: 13And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14The sower sows the word. 15And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. 18Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, [e]accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” Thank you Bible hub

That is the way with seeds of knowledge and understanding of all things. A seed of curiosity is planted by something seen, read, or heard. The individual can then act or not. Some who do act, will still not benefit from the initial planting.

I have personally watched people who listened to a lecture and then left the meeting as if they never heard a word. Instructions on how to work safely, the rules to follow, may as well have not been spoke as they still functioned as they so willed. Yes, injuries did happen.

There are those, who heard and returned to work better educated and more cautious in their actions.

Then there are those who actively sought to make the work environment better.

A word, a thought, a concept, is that seed. Education and educating oneself is the germination of that seed. You hear something and you ponder on it for a while. You think of the various aspects of what you have heard. Then, you start seeking out more information and your understanding grows. You may find it through books, documentaries, research all the available online sites. You may be able to actually talk with individuals who have greater knowledge and understanding.

 As I said in my comment to the writer of the blog I read, there is no shame in seeking greater understanding. There is no shame, in admitting that you don’t know everything. The very fact that you are seeking to understand and know more, is a sign of growth. The more you know and understand, the greater the growth. The more you grow from that understand and are able to share that gift of knowledge, the better society in itself can and will be.

 There is a lot that I know, that I don’t know. What I do know, is I’m always excited when a new seed of curiosity is planted and growth of understanding begins.

an abundance of squash..

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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5 Responses to November Twenty-eighth; What Small Thing Happened Today, For Which I am Thankful? Seeds.

  1. A sower with good seeds and a godly motive will change even the ground it has been planted in!

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