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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "It's No Use Crying over Spilt Milk" (without using the actual phrase or literal exampl (02/07/08)

TITLE: A Seed's Life
By Esther Phillips
02/14/08


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I opened the flyer in the newspaper last week and discovered that seeds were arriving. In fact, one store promptly put them on sale. At first, it seemed to me that they were premature. After all, here in the Houston area, we are just finishing up with the leaves falling on the ground. In fact, a tree in my front yard just shed the last of its leaves right after this newspaper clipping about the seeds arrived.

I’m not complaining because I love living in the Houston area in the winter time. The fact is that in February we’ll start seeing flowers blooming and trees budding with their new leaves. Winter is definitely short-lived in the South.

The flyer in the newspaper captured my interest so I went to the store that advertised the sale, and in fact, purchased several packets. Now when the weather starts warming, I’m ready to poke these little seeds in the ground and watch them grow.

I was sure that seeds must be in the Bible so I went on a search. There were many. I particularly love this one in Isaiah 61:11 “For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”

It occurs to me that having beautiful flowers or fresh vegetables isn’t an easy thing for the seeds. First, they have to be buried in dirt! Then some water has to be splashed on them and when they finally poke their heads out of the dark hole they’ve been in, the bright sun is probably a shocker.

There may be creepy, crawly things all around them trying to eat them alive. Then by the time they are grown and actually produce a flower or vegetable, they will be separated from their stalk to grace someone’s table or be eaten. No, it probably isn’t an easy thing for a seed.

Some, if not all, of these conditions apply to humans, too. We find ourselves in difficulties, sometimes without really trying. Yet, “the sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.” As we watch the new growth in the coming weeks, we might dig deeper into our spiritual gardens, also.


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LauraLee Shaw02/14/08
Good reminder for spring time planting.
Edy T Johnson 02/15/08
You write well, short and sweet, to deliver your message. This is a thoughtful devotional. Try submitting it to your church newsletter or Sunday bulletin and you might find your writing outlet as a columnist!
c clemons02/17/08
Nice devotional, not for this topic but good writing overall.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/17/08
An interesting read on the Life of a Seed; however, I was searching for something about "crying over spilt milk" - and perhaps I'm dense, but I didn't associate sprouting seeds with the Topic. The article was well written though, and definitely creative...as to it's progress despite the fear of being eaten by bugs, worms or people. Nice job!