A small seed becomes a big tree, over years and years.
No matter how big the tree, once upon a time the seed was small.
It had to be planted as a seed in order to become the large tree, the huge bush, or the beautiful flower it is now.
And I think the Lord does that in our lives as well.
In the middle of our broken places, God plants little seeds of hope.
Hope that one day things will be different.
He promises us Himself.
We don't notice them at first because we're hurt.
The planting feels normal. We're used to feeling pushed and moved.
Eventually though, soon after the planting, we stop and notice the new life. The buds. The sprays of green popping out of the brown dirt.
We notice and marvel, wondering what will happen next.
Then we stop paying attention for a bit, still very much in our hurt and mess.
Sometimes it feels quick whereas other times it takes time, but no matter what, the seed keeps making action.
The seeds have grown, are digging in and continue to take root.
Over years and years the tree grows.
And suddenly we are standing under the shade of a tree that once was hope and that now is our truth.
The Lord has done what He said He would do. He has given us Himself and He is enough.
When I finished writing this piece, I remembered this quote by C.S. Lewis and felt like it also said what I hoped to accomplish with these words above.
Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different