For longer than she cared to admit, Annette had been suffering from mental illness and receiving minimal help from a local guidance counselor. The illness began when she found out that her grandmother was dying of bone cancer. She just couldn’t handle the stress and eventual loss of someone who had loved and done so much for her—even saved her life, when she was just a newborn baby. In return, when grandma was suffering and needed to find a place to say, it was Annette who found her a lovely nursing home—a place where she could feel safe and comfortable in her last days..
It was in the fall of 2007 when grandma died and since then Annette simply couldn’t cope. Her husband had done everything he could to help her but it wasn’t enough. She was advised and finally went to, a mental health facility.
While there, a kind and compassionate counselor after talking with her, brought in and left a small packet of seeds. She was advised to water, and nurture the seeds and be in charge of their life-process—their growing and developing.
At first Annette didn’t want to do it; she felt that trying to cope with her own life, was more than enough. She didn’t want the responsibility of caring for some “small, insignificant seeds.”
But, as the days went by and she had little else to do, she thought about the seeds and one day planted the seeds in the pre-potted soil given to her, watered them and placed them on the old, gray window sill, for sunshine.
Then, she watched and waited.
In about seven days, little green seedlings began to appear. They were tiny, hardly noticeable but they were rising up, out of the soil. She found it strangely interesting and kept up with the nurturing. She liked the pattern and routine of it; for it made her feel safe and calm.…
In ten days, the seedlings began sprouting higher and she was surprised with how she felt watching them grow tall and strong. They were alive, growing big and proud and something inside of her began to feel alive, and proud, too.
As they grew and turned into beautiful green bean plants, she felt happy; for it was she who helped bring them to life... But, the more she thought about it….it wasn’t she that gave life to the little seedlings, but God. And, it was He that gave life to her. That acknowledgment, that recognition of God and his power and beauty of life, restored her soul and in the months to come, helped her to overcome the grief of her grandma’s death and it wasn’t long before she found redemption and purpose in her life.
And, as luck or divine providence would have it, her purpose in life became a dedication to helping those in nursing homes who were sick and lonely.
You see, even though some forms of life are very small, as the bean seed, once planted turn into beautiful, tall, green beans. The same is true with humans; we start out small and helpless but some of us turn into something much bigger and wondrous, with the potential for greatness.
That’s you and me…We have the potential for greatness. Perhaps we can be what the fictional character, King Arthur from Camelot once said about us humans: “We’re all but a drop in the deep ocean of mankind…But, some of those drops sparkle…Some do sparkle!”
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