Phil and I recently planted grass seed on some bare spots in our lawn. Well, it is a stretch to call it a lawn… You know, the green part in front of our house.
Well, actually it is a stretch to call it green. It is brown mud or moss.
So – last year I planted grass seed about March 3rd and it came up beautifully! Then as the weather dried up in June, so did the new grass. The roots weren’t established enough when the temperatures rose and there wasn’t as much rain to keep the new grass alive.
SO – this year I planted in JANUARY. My plan is that the grass seeds will sprout and the roots will be established long before the temperatures rise and the rain stops. I won’t make the same mistake I made last year.
Only one problem – the seeds are lying dormant.
- The seeds need water – we’ve had plenty of that.
- The seeds need sun – we have had several sunny days (between the rain)
- The seeds need warmth to germinate – NOT ENOUGH WARMTH in JANUARY!
The definition of dormant for a plant is – “alive but not actively growing.”
So, my dormant grass seed is alive, but not actively growing. My hope is that as soon as it starts getting warm, the grass seeds will sprout. At least they are ready and waiting.
This situation got me thinking about raising our children. Two friends and I were talking about this at lunch today – as loving parents we work hard to provide all our children need to grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Sometimes we feel we made mistakes with one child, so we try something different with the next child. (just like I did with the seeds) In discussing this we realized that as hard as we tried, we still made mistakes. Only God’s grace made our feeble efforts effective.
In I Corinthians 3:5-7 Paul is talking about how God’s servants minister to their fellow Christians.
5 After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us.
6 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.
7 It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. NLT
As Christian parents we must do all we can to help our children grown spiritually. But as Paul said so clearly – “God makes the seed grow”. God will use parents, friends, teachers, coaches, aunts, uncles, and YES – grandparents to plant and water those spiritual seeds.
We must not be discouraged if we don’t see growth when we think we should. Those spiritual seeds may be lying dormant – alive, but not actively growing at this time.
God makes them grow.
In My Garden with God #14