You've all been in the control room to see the big, black, geometric logo painted on a canvas, but many of you don't know what it means and why it serves as a centering reminder to our family.
The logo is an abstract representation of a seed. One of the things I love about God is the way he has hidden messages within all of creation that speak to our experience as humans and spiritual beings. So like many things God has created for us, seeds have a lot to say about our lives.
First Reminder of the Seed: Seeds must be sown in the right conditions to grow.
I wouldn't try to grow a seed in my oven. Why? There's a precedent for how these kinds of things work.
Dirt. Water. Sun. Nitrogen.
Most of us walked home from elementary school with a styrofoam cup full of dirt for a seedling to sprout in.
There are conditions that must be met. There are environments that are helpful and environments that work against growth.
We create environments wherever we go. Maybe it's the space you create in a conversation by asking someone else a question and then actually taking the time to be sure you understand their answer- fertile ground for a kind of seed to grow.
When I think about the space created within a worship service this is what I'm focused on. Till the soil, remove the weeds that could steal nourishment or choke out what has sprouted- what will prepare the soil for the seed to take root?
Second Reminder of the Seed: Seeds take time to grow.
Take a moment to think about your own life and growth as a person.
Chances are that you weren't born 5' 4''.
It doesn't work that way.
But somehow you are who you are now.
While we have defining events in our lives where breakthrough takes place, the majority of our growth comes from a careful, patient, attentive nurturing.
Just as you grew over 9 months within your mother's womb to prepare to enter our world, a seed takes its own time beneath the soil to gain what it needs for life above the ground. Roots. Leaves. There's quiet formation that takes place before we see any green peaking out.
If you're anything like me, you want to jump ahead in life. You have goals of where you'd like to be and what you'd like to do and it's all so very exciting that you just want to experience it now. Sometimes I miss out on what's happening in front of me because of this drive towards what I envision. How easy is it to shift our energy towards arriving- to make our life about what's happening next week or next year or this weekend? When we make friends with that uncomfortable feeling of being in process we can find joy in every day.
Our pursuit should be to present with whatever stage because we're called to be faithful to steward this moment. There's nourishing to do right here and now that will impact generations after us.
Third Reminder of the Seed: Seeds can grow into the most beautiful variety of things.
I think this is pretty self explanatory. But if it isn't, here's an exercise you can do:
Take a walk in the woods sometime and pay attention- really pay attention. What do you see? Expressions of life. Expressions of ground that was well suited for growth. Expressions of continual nourishment. Realized potential everywhere- some towering above your head, others too small to notice.
So what is the environment you find yourself in today?
What environments do you create in the spaces you live?
Are you faithful to the call to steward the present moment with a patient, nourishing care, or are you neglecting this stage of growth while waiting for the next thing?