Better Than A Seed Of Corn
by emmanuel iweha
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One day I noticed a child through my window. He dug holes in the ground and planted seeds in them. The event was kept somewhere at the corner of my mind but within a period or mere weeks, those seeds had germinated and grown to what I called amazing heights. They were seeds of corn.
One morning he came round to look at his plants. There were four of them in a row and theirs heights for reason best to to nature and possibly people that are into agriculture, were increasing from left to right. I struck up a conversation with this nine year old from my window.
Me: wow! Your corn has really grown up so fast! That one( pointing to the one in the extreme right) is now even as tall as your baby sister( a two-plus year old bundle of trouble and joy wrapped in one tiny but mighty package).
Nine year old lad: Ehhh! ( a sound that translated in adult language meant total dis-agreement to any thing said prior to the sound -i am at loss as to how to connote it in word form, you just have to 'see' it to know it and immediately understand that it is in dis-agreement with whatever has been done prior to it), "it is this one(pointing to the third in that line from the left) that is as tall as her. This one( the extreme right) is taller than her."
Then he went about watering them.
Me: his declaration got me to pause and think. Then looking at him when he came around again I said " your sister is better than the corn. This ones will grow very fast but will still die this year. Your sister will grow and keep on growing till she even has children and grand children. Your baby sister is better than a seed of corn.
And this is also true with you. You are better than a seed of corn. Granted; it doesn't take much time for it to germinate. And once it does, its growth seems to be at a phenomenal rate if we place it side by side with a human being.
Before long, it reaches a height where you would naturally have to crane your head backwards a bit to see the tip. And as you look on, that single seed apart from becoming this very tall plant, begins to produce cods. Each cod have multiplied seeds and this is what many would call prosperity, this is what they would aspire to be like.
But you are better than a corn of seed. Your growth might be so tiny that measuring it daily or even weekly would seem like a sentence of torture because nothing seems to be improving, nothing seems to be adding to what is already there. Indeed for you to be able to measure any kind of appreciable growth, you might have to be doing it yearly and even at that the growth differential would only be in inches.
But you are better than a corn of seed even when you find yourself in a situation where growth is all in your mind and heart rather than what you can measure. Some people will tell you that if you have not moved from point A to point B then you are stagnant. They walk in the error of thinking that you are just like that corn of seed.
But you are better that a corn of seed. Your shelf life is far more superior than that of that seed of corn, no reason then why you take more time to come to maturity. You will outlast and outlive that seed of corn. And once you start bearing fruit, you don't stop.
And are we saying anything that is outside the scriptures? Are we not saying things that are deeply spiritual and underlined by God Himself? You are the plantings of God, watered by His Word and nurtured by His Spirit. You are far better than that seed of corn.
He makes you grow and multiplies you in ways that you can never achieve by your own strength. Just like He finished the work of salvation before you even came to this world, He had fully prepared and imbued everything you need in your life by the presence of His Spirit in you. You are indeed better than that seed of corn.
You should therefore make it a point not to allow any single or combination of situations to make you feel as if there are shortcomings in your life that makes you less a person than God has made you. You are far better than a seed of corn.
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This is awesome writing. God bless.