For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all nations. Isaiah 61:11
There is something about sowing a seed and watching it grow. When Reed was little we lived near the edge of a forest. There was one spot in our tiny backyard that had enough light to plant seeds. I knew there wasn’t enough sun for vegetables, so I decided to try flowers. I cleared the area, pulling out the grass and small plants. I picked out stone after stone making a border around the edge. My son was two and he thought this was the best job. Being able to put your hands in the dirt, pull out the rocks and then get to keep them made my sons day. When we had soil ready, we then added bags of dark rich compost and topsoil, spreading this life-giving rich earth. I decided to plant wild flowers. So we sowed the area with seed. We watered the ground and sang the Jim Manley song “Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow, all it takes is a rake and a how and piece of fertile ground.” Green slowly began to appear. We watched, we waited, we watered, and we sang. Then one day it bloomed. There was a riot of colors with trees right behind. Our hard work and the earth’s desire to bring forth shoots led to this blooming.
God is also a patient gardener. God has created a righteous world. The holy One patiently tends the earth waiting for the soil to bring forth shoots to bloom. The blooms can do nothing less than praise the creator.
God, give us the patience and endurance it takes to sow seeds that will bring forth life, righteousness, and praise. Amen.