“You can do anything you set out to do. The strength is within you.” My mum has said this over and over again to me.
Have you ever sat down just to look at people going about their daily routine? Some are really dressed to kill others look like they are out to kill. Some so beautiful and handsome, others just fearfully made. For those of us who don’t believe in the big bang theory, the alternative is sort of repelling. Dirt, put a little bit of water and you have mud. That is the origin of all of us. You look at beggars, the rich, the poor, people with posh accents, whichever race, the common denominator is dirt.
It is amazing to see what dirt can do when putting in the right arms. Take a farmer, he plants his seeds in the soil. Waters and takes care of it until it germinates. Finally, giving forth to the plant he has been waiting for. There is this TV detergent commercial with a tagline of ‘Dirt is good.’ I never thought of dirt as good until I thought of how we were all created.
I don’t know why dirt was used but I think anything that is put in soil has the ability to grow/turn things. Even when buried, things decompose into simple organic matter. For this reason, I think we are made in a way that we can either grow or decompose. In each and everyone, there is that seed that needs to be nurtured and tendered to produce fruits. On the other hand, if it’s left not watered or tendered as need be it dies.
The ability and power to grow into your purpose and achieve what you set out to do are within you. I heard this story a while back and I thought I should share it with you.
A little boy asked his father where the guavas he was eating came from. The dad answered, “They come from a guava tree.” The little boy asked if he could have his own tree and the dad told him if he planted the seeds, he surely would have a guava tree. Excited, he ran out and dug a hole, planted the guava seed. The next day, he went to school and told his friends that he would soon have his own guava tree. That evening, he couldn’t wait to see the guava tree. Running to the backyard, the ground was as he had left it the previous day. He did this for 8 days and his heart was being broken each day.
On the 9th day, his father saw him looking at the backyard his face very devastated. He called the young boy and asked what was troubling him. Angry, the boy said, “Dad, you lied that I would have my own guava tree.” The father then asked him, “Have you watered or tendered to the seedling since we planted it?” Surprised by the question, he simply answered he has been coming to look at it every day. The dad explained to him that he needed to tender to whatever he plated otherwise it would die. Henceforth, every day after school, the boy would water the place he had planted the seed. Finally, the seedling germinated, and in about eight weeks, he had a fully grown guava tree.”
A seedling is either planted or buried and so are we. When we know we are planted, we will water and tender to ourselves with care, and love. A seed has to grow down first before it grows up. Other times, we have to stay where we are long enough to grow deeper roots. Truly, our life cycle will take us to stages where we are expected to produce fruits no matter how tough the season is.
Proof that God has put the strength within you.
God can turn a great mess into greatness
Dirt on God’s hand became a beautiful creation. If you put anything on God’s hand, you got deliverance, power, victory, and salvation. Similarly, anything in the right hands generates glory. A slingshot in my hands won’t hit a wall 10 meters away, but in David’s hands, it killed Goliath. I can’t play basketball to save my life, but the same ball in LeBron James hands is worth 3Million dollars.
We are treasures in earthen vessels
We need to be stewards of God’s gift and stir that gift that is inside of us. It the treasure that Paul encourages Timothy to be a good stir. “Whatever you do, stir up what God has put in you.”
God is waiting on you to do something with what he put within you.
We will all be held accountable for what we have. It might not be as much as your neighbours’ but you will not be held accountable for someone else’s oil.
Every good and perfect gift comes from God and He is waiting for you to use it to bring Him glory. The good thing is that God can deal with all of us, dirt and all. Many times we try to handle God like we handle people and show Him only our gift while hiding the dirt. He wants all of us because He first loved us and He can see both the good and the bad.
In the end, we want to hear “Well done good and faithful servant.” For us to hear that we have to ask ourselves “What did we do with what God put inside of us?” Consequently, it will be so sad if we could see what we could have done in comparison to what we did.
Life’s tragedy is not death, but what we let die within us while we still lived. Norman Cousins.