What Are You Planting?

appletreestory5This summer I planted a seed in a cup. It really took me back to my grade school years. Like a child I attended to that seed, watering it and putting it in the light. The first few days, I couldn’t even tell the seed was in the dirt, but I continued to care for it. Then one day it happened a little green shoot sprouted up through the dirt.

Jesus said, ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.” Mark 4:26-27

The seed is the word of God…But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” Luke 8:11,15

As I thought about faith, I realized that the word of God must first be planted in our hearts and then it can produce.

That’s what happened to the woman with the issue of blood that the Gospels speak about.

You may be wondering how she felt all those years and doctor visits later, and still no answer for her problem. Having faced a cancer diagnosis, I can relate. I’ve spent money on medical care that I could have used for something else. I’ve been to doctors, been treated, but still standing in faith on God’s word.

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She said in her heart. “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Mark 5:28  Somewhere along the way she had heard of Jesus and believed in him. Her faith motivated her to go after Jesus, even though she was considered unclean due to her condition. She pressed her way to Jesus, touching his robe, and making a demand on the power that he carried. He felt the release, and she was healed.

There are at least a couple of ways to be healed. One is “Voila!” Instantly it’s done. I like this way. I think, Jesus, why don’t you just snap your fingers or wink your eye, better yet just speak like God did when the world was created and I would be made brand new.” No more doctors. No more tests. This way is definitely appealing.

Another way of being healed is recovering over a period of time, which I like to call “The Process.”

Now, when it comes to healing, I would be the first to sign up for the instantaneous version, but that is not my story. The truth be told, though I wouldn’t choose the process, I am thankful for it.

When healing happens quickly, I believe you miss out on something valuable. But when you have to stand and believe God, a strength is birthed inside of you, that makes you able to stand through the next challenge and the next. In other words, you know how to fight and win. Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33  The process prepares you to achieve multiple wins, to walk in your identity, to be more than a conqueror.

Plant the Word of GodSo here’s what I’m planting. I believe the report of the Lord, that my healing was purchased by the shed blood of Jesus. He took my sins and my sicknesses to the cross. He bore them so I don’t have to. I overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony. By his stripes, I am healed.

So what’s going on in your life? Is it illness or pain? Is it a relationship problem? A lack of finances? A goal that seems out of reach?

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.

So plant the seed. Attend to it. And one day it will produce.

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IMG_4135Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.

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4 thoughts on “What Are You Planting?

  1. “Now, when it comes to healing, I would be the first to sign up for the instantaneous version” Amen, Sister Friend! Me too. And I get a little discouraged at times when I pray for others and there’s not that instant miracle. When that happens, I have to remind myself of a couple of things.

    One – we have been given free will – God made us His children, not His puppets. With that free will, there are consequences and we encounter them. May not be something we put in motion or had anything to do with, but we live in a world where others have free will too and sometimes we run up against consequences of their choices. God hasn’t promised that we won’t suffer in those consequences; that’s a by-product of our free will.

    Two – God’s plan is perfect. Even without that instant miracle, He can and will use our circumstances for good. HE is all powerful. HE will ensure an outcome better than I could foresee or imagine. So I try to add in those prayers for instant miracles a final request – Thy Will be done.

    Thank you for the reminder this morning, Cassandra. I needed that.

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  2. Sometimes we plant a garden…in a couple of months we see the fruit.
    But sometimes we plant an orchard and it takes a few years to see the fruit.

    I believe God wants us to enjoy the journey more than the destination. When Abram & Sari left the Chaledeas He told them to go to the land He had for them. “How far God?” Go till I tell you to go a different direction. I believe God gives us a compass, not a map.

    He wants us to seek Him everyday so He can teach us His ways. Because His ways are higher than ours.

    Great post Cassandra. ❤️

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