In my children’s book Daddy, Am I Beautiful? I wrote about my daughter who loved to put on her princess dresses, twirl around in front of my husband and ask “Daddy, Am I Beautiful?” The father in the story teaches Leah that beauty comes from the inside not on the outside. He demonstrates this by showing her a seed. A seed, although small and plain, contains everything necessary inside for the beauty to come forward. Leah can demonstrate her beauty by the acts of kindness and goodness that allows the beauty to shine through. Like the book illustrated, seeds only grow in an atmosphere where growth is encouraged. Seeds have to have all of the necessary ingredients to make them grow, or else they won’t.
So, if these ingredients are what seeds need, don’t we need it and then some?
According to this Scripture the garden is what makes seeds grow. As a gardener, no one just plans just one of any vegetable, fruit or flower, but many of each item. We weren’t meant to grow alone. We were meant to grow together in community.
But so often we choose to journey along on our own, rather than surround ourselves with others who will help us grow. We need wise counsel, no matter where we are at in our spiritual journeys. We need the other seeds to help us grow in the garden. They help us find out if the soil is good, if we have received enough water and sun and if the soil has been tilled so optimal growth can occur.
Do you have a garden where you allow your seeds to grow? Do your seeds grow aloe or in a community?