June is the month it casts out seeds. As we walk, the fluffy seeds float past our faces. The green grass is so covered with the fuzz that, from a distance, you might think it had snowed. The seeds pile up at the edge of the flowerbed and in the rocks of the driveway. Thousands of seeds, but the tree still stands, the lone cottonwood in the lane. If a seed sprouts in our lawn, my husband shears it off with the mower. If one lands in the ditch, the yearly cutting by Midwest Electrical seals its demise.
So why does the cottonwood even bother? It sends out seeds and none ever result in sturdy prodigy.
Are you tired of sending out seed? Do your good deeds seem not to accomplish anything? Do your prayers, your words, or your loving advice seem to only fall on deaf ears?
The cottonwood never complains, never questions. It just continues to send out seed. It's how God created it, to follow His command of "be fruitful and multiply." It's not the cottonwood's job to know whether the seed will fall on rocks or mowed grass or whether it will sprout and grow to another fine cottonwood tree. God only asks it to send out the seed.
Send out your seeds. Share how God has cared for you. Tell others how He works in your life. Send out your prayers, your words, and advice. Do the good works God has called you to do. And let Him take care of where they fall, sprout and grow.
1 Corinthians 3:6-8 I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.