Sep. 5, 2015


"What is that?" I think as I dump fresh scraps on to the compost pile. "I looks like a vine. But what vine?"

Unplanned seeds planted outside my garden are nothing new in the compost pile. "There must have been seeds in some scraps," I think. I weed the compost around the vines maximizing their chance for growth.

Over the next few weeks I watch the vine's flowers become fruit. "Strange. That does not look like the cantaloupe or watermelon I regularly discard. What is that?"

Deepening orange hue and round shape confirm my suspicions. "Pumpkins? I haven't bought pumpkins in years?!"

Apparently, this year the conditions are right for the growth of these pumpkin seeds deposited several seasons ago. The proof of the seeds rooted in fertile soil is the pumpkin fruit itself. Unintentionally planted years ago, I did not believe that seeds were present until they grew into plants and fruits.

The soil around me is full of seeds waiting for the right conditions to grow. I and my ancestors unintentionally planted many seeds. What seeds will I choose to cultivate for present and future generations? One seed may become the tree that houses and feeds many creatures for centuries.

Mark 4:30- 32 And He said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard SEED, which, when sown on the ground, is the SMALLEST of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes LARGER than all the garden plants and puts out LARGE branches, so that the birds of the air can MAKE NESTS in its shade."