Some of the sweetest, prettiest, and even savoriest things in life come from the most stinky of places. Fruit trees, flowers, and the gorgeous produce we grow in our gardens are all examples of this. We cover our tiny seeds in fertilizer and/or compost, knowing that though there may be a stink in the air in the beginning, the end result is going to be amazing and worth it all.
I think many of us can relate to these poor little seeds. No one escapes planet earth without living in a bit of fertilizer at times - the stinky trials of life that we'd much rather avoid than embrace. But, just like the seed, those trials can be the very thing that make us grow, mature, and even bear fruit!
But we must remember this thought, as well...a seed is only a seed for a short amount of time. The germination process lasts only days - a very short time period compared to its future self as a blooming, beautiful plant. And so it is with our lives. We are 'seeds' for but a moment. And one day, we, too, like the seed, will die and change. But our future self will be lasting and eternal. So though our cares on earth sometimes seem to be unbearable and last forever, we must remember to keep a heavenly perspective. The 'seed life', with all its stinky 'fertilizer', is all temporary. Our life beyond this is lasting, beautiful, and worth it all!
“Therefore we do not lose heart.
Though outwardly we are wasting away,
yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles
are achieving for us an eternal glory
that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen,
since what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV
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