Saturday, 8 February 2014

Spring Time Reflection

I was looking out of the kitchen window earlier this morning and my attention was grabbed by a small snow drop starting to emerge from the ground. About five years ago I had planted some spring bulbs in the garden, but to my disappointment they didn't show immediately; I had to wait for a couple of years to get the enjoyment of finally seeing them; it was worth the wait, and now they come back year after year.

Beautiful Spring Daffodils

This got me thinking, sometimes the things we say to try and encourage people may not make them stop and think about God immediately, but we will often never know what long term effect it may have on them.

One of the parables that Jesus blessed us with, talks about seeds being scattered in different places and on different grounds.  The seeds represent faith, and the ground represents the foundations that the faith is built upon:

"Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
Mark 4 v3 - 8.

As followers of Christ we are called to sew seeds of faith in other people. We may not know when they will grow, but that shouldn't stop us. We shouldn't push our faith on others, but encourage and help all people whilst showing Christ's love.

There are a couple of people in particular in my own life who I am incredibly grateful for, as through their love, they showed Christ's love, and over many years they shared their faith in a non threatening but loving way. They sewed seeds of faith in me and nurtured me into the Christian woman that I am today.

Before I became a Christian I never really took notice of Spring bulbs, I don't even think I knew they existed. Since my baptism, and particularly this time of year, God regularly reminds me that he saved me; I went from years of being in darkness, like my Spring bulbs, to now reaching up towards the light and blossoming.

I would love to know what Spring time means to you?

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