Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
1 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV)
I planted the seed,
Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.
A seed is always small in comparison to the plant; every great thing starts
with a seed. A small insignificant but potent seed will always deliver true to its
type. Your seed may come in form of a small idea. Ideas don’t come roaring into
your head all of the time sometimes it may come visiting first, flapping its delicate
wings like a gentle butterfly, it perches on your head looking for a home. If
entertained, it takes root in your mind and can grow to any size depending on
how you feed it. The other day I read of simple ideas that became household
names, the list will surprise you, from flip-flop to Kellogg’s cornflakes. One
item on the list that I was naturally attracted to was Post-It. I have used
tons of those over the years; however it was nice to know that this very
practical product only occurred as a product of two accidents over a period of
about 9 years, even then it didn’t become a successful product until about 5
Every seed before it can produce has to go through a
process of death. This is a period when it looks like nothing is working,
instead of growth; it looks more like the seed is decaying. This is probably
similar to the story of Spencer Silver’s attempt of creating a supper adhesive
for use in the aerospace industry but all he managed to produce was an
incredibly weak one. At the time it looks like all efforts was wasted, after
promoting it for about five years it was more or less shelved.
When your seed is sown, you don’t see it, in fact occasionally others may
even walk over your ‘bare’ field to get into their own prospering field. At
such time it may look like your seed is buried but not so, it’s only planted.
One main difference between a mango seed and a mango tree is water.
Sometime, you are in a position to water your own seed and at other times you
are at the expense of somebody else or even nature itself. It is your
responsibility to abide by the waters. You may not be able to influence the
rainfall in its frequency or intensity, however when the rain comes, make sure
your seed is planted. When it was time for Post-It to be invented, Silver’s
adhesive was already on the shelve waiting for Art Fry’s stroke of genius to
use the adhesive to help keep his slips of paper in the hymnal and therefore
preventing him from losing his page while singing in the choir. The rest is
history today, I saw a report that the product generated $1b in 2012 and it is
sold in over 100 countries.
The rain profits you nothing unless
your seed has been planted. Planting by faith should precede the waters
otherwise the water profits you nothing.