For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.
I planted Allium bulbs this past weekend. I’m so excited! If all goes well, large purple globes and petite blue orbs will greet me next spring.
Every autumn I plant bulbs. Tulip. Daffodil. Crocus. Grape hyacinth (a personal favorite). Lilies and Allium, to name a few.
But, not every bulb blooms. Last year I planted a dozen Nodding Onion Allium. Not a single one came up. Perhaps they were reluctant to grow...to have all their insides come spilling out. Perhaps they're late bloomers and will pop up next year! Or, maybe they were old bulbs to begin with, closed up within themselves far too long to be viable and rotted right where I planted them.
Despite the unpredictability of planting bulbs that may not bloom, just imagining their hidden potential fills me with anticipation, especially during the l o n g winter months as I dream of the first signs of spring awakening and stirring them to life.
But, I also have a rather personal reason for planting bulbs. Bulbs remind me a lot of, well, of me...us.
Now let's face it, from all outward appearances, bulbs aren't much to look at. So, it's not exactly flattering to be compared to a bulb. But, I think it is safe to say that many of us may feel at one time or another that from all outward appearances we don't have much going for us either.
But, appearances aren't always what they seem. Just like bulbs, it's what's on the inside that counts! Packed inside each one of these old shells of ours is God-planted potential! Now that's something to shout about!
Here's the catch, however. In order for all that potential to come spilling out, we must be willing to let it spill out. We must be willing to come undone...to let go of our preconceived ideas of who we are and what we are capable of. Some of us...me... are reluctant to grow beyond what feels comfortable. Stifling growth is never a good thing.
Stifling growth, saying no, closing ourselves up to only those things that feel comfortable, can eventually lead to the loss of our viability, to our potential, that God has planted within. I don't know about you, but, I don't want to rot where I'm planted.
Jesus came to offer us life...life full of purpose, full of potential. But, the choice to live that purpose, that potential, is ours. Unlike bulbs that bloom only once in springtime, we have the opportunity to awaken and be stirred to life each and every day!
This autumn day offers you a personal springtime. Let's spill out all the God-planted potential in us for His glory today!
I am the Resurrection and the Life.
In Christ, we are renewed every day. The old things, the depressed and dead things, are behind us. Each morning is a personal springtime. A fresh awakening. Our resurrection.
The Presidential Devotional, Joshua DuBois