When the Seed Grows

“…The seed has grown and become like a small tree, so that the birds of the air shelter in its branches…” (Luke 13:19)

It was in the island of Camiguin where I was giving a retreat last week when I bumped into him in a restaurant.

He joyfully came up to me as soon as our eyes met. Bubbling with excitement, this former officemate of mine shook my hand with much gusto, “Sir, how are you?”. I returned the enthusiasm. It was really good to see Tata, a former officemate and teammate in the basketball team of the office where I used to work.

I remember Tata to be one of the more excellent ball players I have ever seen. A master of the three point shot, he can pile up points on the scoreboard in an instant. Terrific player. 

But what I forgot about him was more important than what I remembered about him. You see, it skipped my mind that he actually read my second book, “Be Not Afraid”, during those times. I remember him telling me how the book helped him especially when he went through those turbulent times in his life.

Now, as we stood there conversing animatedly in one of the restaurants of Camiguin, I felt I was talking to a different man. He looked more joyful and serene. The smile across his face throughout our short exchange negated my memory of the seemingly troubled young man of almost three years ago. I was more pleasantly surprised to learn that he is now an active Christian attending and serving one of the bigger Charismatic prayer meetings in Metro Manila.

When our conversation ended, he shook my hand firmly and uttered, “Ingat sir”. 

I wished we could have talked some more for me to find out his spiritual journey. But I had to leave to go back to the conference that I was leading. Yet believe me when I say that the smiling face and peaceful demeanor of this young man stuck with me throughout that day.  I was convinced that something has changed within him.

I remembered that day when I read today’s gospel wherein Jesus said:      

“…The seed has grown and become like a small tree, so that the birds of the air shelter in its branches…” (Luke 13:19)

I thank God today for Tata and many others who have written to me thanking me for my books. They serve to remind me of the importance of what I do — preaching and writing to bring people to God. I scatter seeds of faith hoping they will fall on fertile ground. Many times, I do not witness their growth. But whenever somebody writes me an email to thank me for my book or when someone approaches to thank me for my talk, I know that I have fulfilled my mandate. I have planted a seed.

Today, I invite you to keep planting seeds of faith in the lives of the people around you. You don’t have to be an evangelistic preacher or author like me to do that. You just have to keep sowing seeds of faith with the way you love, care and serve every person that the good Lord sends your way.

For instance… 

Take time out with your teenage child even if he doesn’t seem to respond…

Reach out to a disgruntled friend even if she will give you the silent treatment…

Serve your husband even if he doesn’t seem to acknowledge…

Do your job well even if the boss doesn’t seem to recognize…

You may not see the growth of what you’ve planted. But God does. And in due time, you shall find inexplainable joy when sometimes life surprises you with chance meetings like the one I had in Camiguin or a letter in your inbox from someone whose life had been changed because of the seed you’ve planted in his or her heart many years back.

Rest assured, in due time, you shall see the wonderful work of the Lord with every seed you’ve planted on good soil. All we have to do it is to do our little part of seed planting, and God will do the rest. 

And you shall rejoice on that day when you witness that your labor had not been in vain…when the seed finally grows!

Sowing everywhere with joy,

Bobby Q.

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One thought on “When the Seed Grows

  1. I CAN’T STOP CRYING….” BE NOT AFRAIID” I ALSO READ IT BUT STOPPED MIDWAY, I DON’T KNOW WHY? BUT I KNOW TOO THAT SOMETHING HAS CHANGED WITH MY HAVING PURE OBEDIENCE. NOW, I DO NOT DEMAND NOR EXPECT. I JUST OBEY, NOT JUST SEEK REWARDS. SLOWLY, I HAVE REGAINED MY SELF-ESTEEM, STOPPING IN THE MIDDLE OF MY QUESTIONS SPECIALLY WHEN I HAVE DOUBTS, NO LONGER DO I IMPATIENTLY WAIT FOR RESULTS… NO MORE FEARS, CYNCH, I AM WORKING IN YOUR LIFE, I HEAR HIS VOICE, I FEAR NO LONGER FOR HE IS WITH ME.

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