"Every Seed Needs a Chance"
(©2011 By Bob Perks)

12-1-2011 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #666

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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks

Story of the Week
"Every Seed Needs a Chance"
(©2011 By Bob Perks)

I was Christmas shopping the other day and struggling for something to buy my wife, Marianne.
We've really come to that point in life where we've run out of things that might razzle dazzle or surprise each other.
Oh, I can be creative, I just have gotten bored with the same old stuff.  You know, clothes, books, shoes and even music.  Now music is very hard to do because she listens to XM radio that came with the car.  She doesn't need to carry an assortment of cd's any more.
Her one love is our garden.  So, I went on a search for garden stuff. 
It's not so plentiful this time of year.  I can't imagine why.  I mean it's still only fall!
When I stopped in one small local store I found a collection of garden tools and some odds and ends. 
As I stooped down to look at the lower shelf I discovered a small box of mixed wildflower seeds that had been pushed aside and apparently left open.  The seeds were scattered all over the floor below it.
I thought, "How sad that they never got the chance to show their stuff."
Then I thought of my many friends I've never met who often write to me about their hopes and dreams.  Some are living the life they want, others feel that they have failed and will never have a chance again. 
Like those seeds.
As I sat in my car the thought of the lost seeds just stayed with me.  So, in the way I've always chosen to live life, I went back in to rescue them.
I approached the clerk and explained what I had discovered.  She replied, "Oh, that happens all the time." 
"What do you do with them?" I asked.
She shrugged her shoulders and said, "Throw them away."
"Can I have them?
"The seeds.  Can I have them?  I'll be happy to pay for them," I added.
"You can have them if you want to clean them up," she said.
"That's a deal!"
So, she handed me a dust pan and a small brush. I collected every seed I could find.
On my way back she asked, "Why?"
I paused for a moment and said, "Every seed needs a chance."
I took them home and scattered them in the garden.  They will either bloom in the spring, end up in the soil and serve as tiny bits of compost or some lucky bird will have a feast.
I believe that we are like the seeds. Each seed has in it the full potential to become what God created it to be.  As Rev. Robert Schuller said, "All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today."
You are one of God's seeds created to be fully you.  You can't plant a sunflower and expect a daisy.  You have the Creator's special design that can fully grow into anything He and you want to be.
In the Bible, Matthew 13:3-8 it says:  3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came  up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop--a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
The difference here is, unlike the natural seeds, you can get back into the "good soil" at any time.
You don't have to "wither," or "choke" in the thorns.  God created you to get up and move about until... until you "produce a crop--a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."
My friend, Nathaniel, my family, you and my "friends I've never met,"  have swept me up in the dust pan time and again and given me another chance to grow strong roots and bloom into what God created me to be.
I write because God has given me the message.
I speak because God has given me the words.
I sing because God has given me the music.
I was a "lost seed" and I have been given many second chances.
I'm sweeping you up, my friend.  Now, Bloom!

Pastor's Quote of the Week
"In order to grow one must be both the seed and the sower."  

Perks Pearl of Wisdom)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Thank You for all the Seeds!!

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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