I always told myself that when I had a home, I would plant a patch of sunflowers.
This past May, I bought a package of seeds and my children helped me place a seed in each hole that we dug in hopes we’d have a patch of BIG GLORIOUS sunflowers come August.
I started off tending and watering them each day. It was exciting to see little green sprouts popping up from the ground!
Then as usual… Something unexpected happened… I had to be away from home for an extended period of time and that led me to have to leave my sunflower patch unattended for over a month. While away, I gave some thought to my sunflowers. I even joked with my husband asking, “How are my sunflowers doing?” He said, “What sunflowers?”
You can imagine my surprise when I returned home to see one little lonely stock coming from the ground.
Over the next couple of weeks, I got to witness this little stock continue to grow each day until finally a little sunflower came upon it.
It wasn’t the sunflower patch I had hoped for.
But, it was even better because it reminded me:
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. ” 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 ESV
We can only plant the seeds of sharing Christ in effort and hope that the receiving person will hear and allow that seed to take root in their heart. We don’t always see the “seed” grow but we MUST trust that God is working behind the scene to grow something amazing to further glorify His kingdom.