I saw a picture of a dandelion today, dried up and almost dead, with seedlings blowing off into the wind, and I thought, “Possibilities.”
As a child, it was a fun past time to pluck dandelions out of the yard with their fuzzy tops and give them a big huff, watching their little feathers fly through the air. As an adult, I realize now those dandelions were leaving one season and entering another.
The year 2019 has passed and a new year, and decade, is upon us and I can’t help but think of what Jesus said about our lives. “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain” (John 12:24).
You see, our lives (and daily efforts) can be viewed as something insignificant or with the right perspective, can look fruit-bearing.
The Message Translation goes on to say: “In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal” (verse 25).
How we see things determines how we live our lives.
In other words, you and I won’t always be able to see the big picture, but we trust God anyways. And it’s easy to get disillusioned hearing the news of the happenings around the world, but we follow God anyways.
My point is that we will never know all the possibilities. Someone once said, “You can count the seeds in an apple, but you can never count the apples in a seed.” Your life is a container of seed. Just like we can only see the feathery starting point of a dandelion seed, but not its final harvest, so are our lives. Your daily decisions may seem insignificant in the big scheme of things, but if you’re connected to the True Vine, then every decision (and action) has a seed of potential.
So as we enter the year 2020, I encourage you to consider ALL the possibilities. Maybe this past year wasn’t your best but there are seeds that remain. Or maybe it was a fantastic year; remember, the harvest is still plentiful. Only God can see the full potential of everything you put your hand to — so keep putting it out there. Let God orchestrate where your seeds land and how they take root and blossom.
As Solomon discovered, “On a good day, enjoy yourself. On a bad day, examine yourself. God arranges for both kinds of days so that we won’t take anything for granted” (Ecclesiastes 7:14, MSG).
The possibilities are endless.
Potential is how we describe something or someone and their capability of being or becoming more. The truth is, the possibilities before you and I are great. And like seeds on the wind, we can trust God with their potential.
Pastor Daphne loves God’s Word and has been a writer for many years. You could say, it’s her thing.