Seeds – Genesis 1:12

Wake Up Call

Wasn’t it smart of God to create seeds? That way He had a self perpetuating creation. “And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind”(Genesis 1:12). God doesn’t have to keep speaking things into being from scratch. When an apple tree dies, new ones have already sprung up to replace it. The oak tree drops its acorns and new oaks grow up.

Notice that each created thing has its own kind of seed. You don’t have to worry when you plant basil that you will get string beans. Plant a maple seed and you will always get a maple sapling, and then a full grown maple tree. This kind of thinking carries over to other kinds of seeds.

An act of kindness is a seed. A smile is a seed. Forgiving a debt is a seed. Sharing someone else’s load is a seed. Plant a seed like one of these and it will produce after its own kind. For instance, we can let someone into our traffic lane, and it is much more likely that person will let the next person in. When we smile we start a chain reaction of smiles. A garden of courtesy produces a bouquet of civility.

After God finished His creation he “saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). We can be smart like He was, and plant those self perpetuating seeds. Then we can look over our life and see how He was right; it IS very good.

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