“What is growing in my garden? Wheat stalks between the iris and roses!” For years I’ve wanted to grow wheat to experience bread baking from seed to loaf. Researching various types of wheat berries and the best environment for them to grow, wanting to “do it right,” I never got around to preparing the perfect plot. So, nothing happened…until this morning’s moment of awakening. I recalled creating a video for virtual VBS last summer, July 2020, demonstrating the process of making bread. After recording a clip on our patio, I tossed the wheat berries aside into our garden.
All year long these seeds slept, germinated and were transformed in the dark earth, without any effort of my own. All I did was cast them away, then Mystery took over. One definition of “broadcast” is “to scatter or sow (seed or something similar) over a broad area.” How am I called to broadcast God’s love? Dear Lord, grant me the courage to step aside in humility and embrace the darkness. Through this prayer of deep listening, infuse me with your grace to be secreted within. Guide me to do your will, trusting that if I do my part, you will take what I’ve given and “accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine.” (Ephesians 3:20)
Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24