“Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat.” John 12: 24
My friend lives in the Fresno, California, area where there is an extreme shortage of water. She tells me farmers will not be planting their fields this spring. I grew up in Iowa farm country and understand the urgency of farmers waiting to get into the field to plant corn and soybeans–to have seed, but no water to help it germinate.
I can’t imagine the feeling of hopelessness of farmers who can’t do their job and how it affects the livelihood of their family, community, and the agricultural world. If you can’t plant, besides being a shortage of the food product, there will be a shortage of seed for the next year. And, they will have to go to Plan B to survive.
Jesus used a grain of wheat as a metaphor to explain to the Greeks his life cycle. He, the seed, would need to be buried in order to sprout and bring forth eternal life. Even today, it’s painful to think how Jesus had to die to live forever.
Lord, help us plant our seeds of trouble, doubt, worry, and fear so that you can bring forth good seed in us to complete our life cycle on earth. Amen.