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A seed is something that can be planted; and something that can reproduce itself. That is all I remembered before a book about seeds mysteriously landed in my hands. It was the kind of book with color pictures in it that showed an example to match the instruction that was being given. Okay–it was a kid’s book. So what. And then I remembered some of the things that were presented in my elementary school science class; things pertaining to the needs of a seed that I had totally forgotten. Books and magazines on gardening give invaluable information on how to plant a seed, and how to nurture it to fruition; but the journey of a seed itself is somewhere hidden in the background.
A seed is the thing that keeps life flowing in all living persons and things. A type of Noah’s Ark is going on right now somewhere in the Artic where seeds of many kinds are being preserved and protected in the event of a major catastrophe.
If seeds have been able to reproduce themselves down through the centuries, what did Jesus mean when He said, “…unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain”(John 12:24).
Seeds that have not yet been planted are dried up and dead on the outside but they are very much alive on the inside, though not activated. There are two very small leaves, a stem, and the beginning of the first root, none of which can be seen by the naked eye most of the time. With the help of a magnifying glass, imagine seeing this “DNA” stuffed inside a mustard seed! After the seed has been planted, there is enough food around this little plant to sustain itself until the plant is big enough to make its own food.
When a plant dies while it is struggling to make the transition to become a plant, it is because one or more life-sustaining elements is missing; water, nutrients from soil, sunlight, air, chlorophyll, or, because of its slow growth, it ran out of life-sustaining food before it was capable of taking care of itself. Like all living things, seeds too have been given time to develop themselves after they are planted. The possibility of death of some seeds is why farmers plant more than one seed in a space. And when several plants emerge, the weaker ones are cleared away.
But, can a seed really die? It has been reported that seeds can survive almost anything; fires and forest fires, freezes, droughts, chemicals, and years of waiting to be planted. Scientists found a group of one-thousand year old lotus seeds buried under a dry lake bed. After the seeds were soaked, they sprouted and grew beautifully. Something else–after certain animals eat specific seeds, and the seeds pass through the animal, the seeds will grow.
A seed will be dormant until the right conditions evolve for that particular plant. For example, springtime–after the last frost–is the best time to sow seeds in the southern part of the USA, provided all the elements necessary for plant survival are in agreement.
Jesus used Himself in the parable of the grain of wheat (John 12:24). He can be seen as the seed that was planted in the field of the Israelites. The body of the seed died, (Jesus on the cross, buried, and then resurrected), and the plant that was inside of the body made the transitiion from physical to Spiritual, and is still alive today as the Spirit continues to enlighten those who want to be enlightened.
The miracle of seeds reproducing themselves continues, and most of us humans never give it a thought about what would happen if the process stopped.
Seeing more clearly,