Preparing a Place for Seeds to Grow
I remember both times I had my little boys. While pregnant with each of them, I carefully worked hard for nine months trying to make sure they had clothes, enough blankets, diapers, car seats, and the list goes on. Pregnancy usually has a “nesting” phase, but for me, the phase lasted the whole pregnancy. It would show up in little ways, like when I would pick up a pair of newborn sized slippers to fit my winter babies while it was still spring. It would show up in big ways, like when I would stress and worry and cry that we didn’t have everything we needed. I wanted everything to be perfect. I wanted my babies to have no lack, especially in those first few weeks of their life.
Nesting might almost seem a little silly. I mean, do we really NEED 45 onesies? Do we really NEED enough receiving blankets to blanket the state? Do we really NEED shoes for a newborn? But regardless of how it manifests, the simple purpose of this nesting period is that we’re preparing a place for our little ones to grow. We take great care to keep our babies healthy, happy, and growing. Sure, they don’t care about room decor, but that crib is sure convenient. They might not care about the color of the carpet, but they’ll appreciate being warm. They don’t care where their food comes from as long as their eating. Yet, all these things matter to us as parents.
These last couple of weeks, I’ve had the honor and privilege of introducing my son to the story of Creation. We’ve talked about how God made the day and night, the sun, moon, and stars, the plants, the animals, even how God made us. Check out these chapters on Creation in Genesis.
Read Genesis 1-2.
Here’s what strikes me: Through Creation, God prepared a place for the seeds to grow. If you ever took a science class at any time during school, you’d know that there is such precision. If the sun was further away or closer, the earth would be uninhabitable. If there wasn’t enough light or if there was too much light, it would be uninhabitable. If the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels weren’t exactly right, the earth would be uninhabitable. And the list really goes on. Any slight difference and the earth would be uninhabitable.
But God made earth so perfectly that it could support life. He created salt water and fresh water. He caused the earth to be watered so that the seeds could sprout and grow. He caused the sun to shine, giving the plants the right amount of light they needed to grow. He made it so that the earth wasn’t too hot or too cold, therefore allowing those delicate seeds to become trees, plants, grass, etc. There was so much care that went into Creation and you know what? That same care went into us.
Without those plants, we would have no food. Without food, we’d die. Without fresh water, we’d die. He made it to where it wasn’t too hot or too cold, therefore allowing us to not only live but to flourish. He took great care in giving us the sun, moon, and stars to help us mark the seasons as well as the time of day. He made it to where we had just the right amount of oxygen to live. He created us for relationship, not only with Him but also with each other. Have you ever noticed that we need relationships to live a healthy life? Sure, we could be friendless, but then we’d starve and suffer from loneliness. And we could live without a relationship with Him, but then we’d spend our whole lives looking for things to fill the void that only He was meant to fill.
Just like God created this perfect place for seeds to grow, I believe this is also a clue into how we should prepare our homes for our guests. We should look at our homes and ask the question, “How can this become a place where the seeds can grow?” How can we set up our homes to allow for growth? How can we set up our homes to not only plant seeds, pointing to God, but also how can God use our homes to allow those seeds to flourish?
I challenge you to take some time to pray and ask God how you can prepare your home for the seeds to grow. Maybe that means that we do need to get on a cleaning schedule, maybe it means we need to invest in some home decor, and maybe it means we need to brush up on our cooking skills. OR maybe it means that we simply need to relax in all of those areas and not strive for perfection. Maybe we simply need to open our homes and our hearts and allow God to use our homes as a place for seeds to be planted, invested in, and allowed to grow.
Whatever steps we need to take, let’s take some time and ask God to direct our steps, open our hearts, and create a home that allows the seeds to grow.