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Broken Seed


“Never underestimate the power of one, tiny broken seed.  Placed in the right hands, it will surely grow into an expression of His beauty for all to see.”      -Mary Southerland

John 12:24 (NIV)  “ Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

Dear Reader,

It is never fun enduring a trial or being broken.  The pain or sorrow that accompanies the struggle can be devastating and loathsome.  Depression will often try to smother  a weary soul, like a slow mist on a dark night.  

Difficult times are sent by God to teach us perseverance and trust, unless we have brought them on by our own sinful choices.  In that case, reaping the consequences of our sin can still be turned into useful lessons and wisdom.

There are hidden sins deep inside each of us, which will only rise to the surface when we are pressed and tested.  Exposed, these sins will either humble us into confessing them to God, or anger us. 

In the later case, we will attempt to burry these sins once again in the depths of our very being.  Thankfully, God loves us enough not to let them remain hidden for long.  New trials will come to bring these same sins to the surface.  Until humility finds us, and our confessions are laid at the feet of Christ, the refining process will continue and address the same issues. 

One cannot climb a mountain until specific basic skills have been mastered.  Sin after sin, spiritual lesson after lesson, we eventually recognize the wisdom of God’s love at work in our lives.  With this new maturity in Christ, we willingly allow ourselves to be broken by God’s merciful hands.

It is therefore this laying down of self-will that finally propels a believer into a place of real usefulness for the Lord.  It is in dying that we find life.  It is in serving that we obtain joy and contentment.  It is with a selfless life that we find peace and rest for our souls.

If WE are that single mustard seed of faith (or kernel of wheat), broken and lying on the ground, we have the blessed opportunity to multiply for His Kingdom’s sake.  Yes, in dying we are watered by the Hands of God and a new harvest arises out of our single act of dying to self. 

As broken seeds, sown and transformed into plants with fruit, the Master Gardener must decide which plants He should harvest and which ones should go to seed.  For you see, the plant whose fruit is harvested is enjoyed at the banquet table of God.  However, the plants permitted the honor of going to seed will become either a spice offering to God, or sown once again for an even bigger harvest the next spring.

Either way, a broken and single seed will produce much for the kingdom of God.  Your trial is an opportunity to give yourself over to God.  It is in dying that you will find eternal life, it is worth the breaking.

1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (NIV)    “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.”

Galatians 6:9 (ESV)    “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Psalm 126:6 (ESV)   “He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.”

There Is A Crack In Everyone


“There’s a crack in everything-that’s how the light get in.”    –  Leonard Cohen

John 12:24 (ESV)      “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

Psalm 34:18 (NIV)      “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Dear Reader,

When you have a broken heart, the crack within will allow the healing power of God to enter, transform, advise, and heal it.  You are never going to be crushed beyond repair. The Great Physician will bind up your wounds and bring you miraculous healing, in His time. 

Everyone in this world experiences trials, grief, and hardships.  This is a reality of life and nobody is excluded.  Struggles are sent our way by God to get our attention, teach us lessons, develop perseverance, and build our relationship with Him.  With free will, we have a choice to lean on Him during these times, or attempt to stand on our own.  I guarantee that things will be a lot easier if you ask God to help you out. 

If you are feeling broken right now, remember that He promises to be close to you.  He will save those of you who are crushed in spirit.  He does not abandon you during your time of need.  You are never alone, even when you FEEL that you are. 

He is omnipresent and sees all.  He is omniscient and knows all, including how best to help you.  God is also omnipotent and all-powerful.  He is mighty and strong beyond your imagination. 

Trust and faith must carry you through your struggle.  In John 12:24, the Word gives us an understanding as to WHY each person must break, or die to self.  It is only in dying that we can sow seeds, which will in the proper season bear fruit.  He will give you the grace and mercy needed to accomplish whatever He is asking of you.

By keeping your eyes on your Savior and not your circumstances, you will be able to face each day.  Our God warns us not to look too far into the future for it will overwhelm us.  Each day carries enough worries and woes.  Decide to listen to His voice daily and ask Him what He wants you to learn.  Meditate on the lesson(s) your hardship is teaching you and strive to apply it to your life.  Make it a personal goal to bless others with the wisdom you have gained by walking through your trial.

Sadly, if we do not learn the lessons God has prepared for us, other circumstances will present themselves.  He loves us enough not to leave us in kindergarten.  He wants us to move up to first grade, and all the way through college…. And even beyond.

 If one storm setting is not breaking your will or sin habit, He will design another storm to once again present the lesson He wants you to grasp.  He loves the remedial student as much as the A+ student.  He has no “teacher’s pet” for we are all equal in His eyes.  It is simply a matter of how quickly you want to get through school.  There are more responsibilities required of those who have moved past grade school, but there are also greater riches to be gained through spiritual maturity.

When you have a broken bone in your body, and it is not properly “set,” doctors may have to break the bone again in order to align and heal it.  If a broken leg bone is not set properly, mobility will be hindered leaving the wounded a cripple.  Think about this regarding your spirituality. Refusing to submit to the will of God will expose you to more storms and broken hearts.  Thankfully, God heals completely and will never choose to leave you a spiritual “cripple.” Your obedience will determine your gait and spiritual health.

When you die to self and accept His will in your life, you will discover your brokenness has allowed you to learn and grow in the fruits of the Spirit.  May goodness, kindness, gentleness, peace, love, joy, patience, faithfulness, and self-control be your reward for bravely facing your struggle.  He wants only good things for His children.  He gives good gifts.  Change your perspective and look on your brokenness as a thing of beauty.  For God says that when we are weak, He is strong.

Psalm 147:3 (ESV)   “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

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