Monday, April 6, 2015

Seeds and Sprouts

God has been nudging me daily 
about the importance of dreaming, 
even if all I can see is the seed of that dream.
One thing about a seed:
It won't sprout in the packet...
The voices of doubt vie to keep seeds sealed. 
"People more qualified have already done that.” 
"Isn't it easier not to try than try and fail?" 
"Who really cares about that anyway?" 
"That whole idea is kinda dumb."  
Doubts are prolific.

I recently read a  magazine ad looking for writers.
I considered it for about five seconds.
In the middle of the night, the Lord asked me,
“Why didn’t you respond to that ad?”
I'm not qualified.
“Who told you that?” He asked.
Well, I did.
“Can you let them be the judge of that?”
Oh dear.

The Lord has been speaking to me about
dreaming with Him, ignoring all the voices
assigned to keep the packet sealed.
Dream big. Take risks. Live adventurously.
He has done too much for us to live small--
which has nothing to do with doing small things.
It's about doing significant things, 
which are those things He assigns specifically to us.
He alone is the judge of significance.
Jesus told us to ask for anything in prayer,
giving us permission to take a risk.
"The fruit you produce will bring
much glory to My Father."

Our protective selves want to play it safe.
We don't want to worry about
rejection, failure, pain, disappointment.
We don't want to protect our faith in 
God's ability to show up on our behalf.
But everything we produce without risk is 
the result of our ability to do the math.
Math may hold together the universe,
but equations can't hold together our faith. 
He always does abundantly more than we 
could ever ask or imagine.  
He created the "unequal" sign.

He wants us to live wildly expectant, 
opening the packets and trusting that 
as we put the seeds into the ground, 
He sets things in motion for growth.  
We discover, at any age, the abundant fruit
He is waiting to release through us.
It's spring, time to take some seeds out of
the packet and see what sprouts-
no matter how seemingly small it may be.
No seed left behind.

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