I thought that I might have wasted the potatoes by burying them so deeply in the ground.
Reference: v.24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (NIV Bible)
Explore: I was so proud of myself the other day when I dug up my harvest of potatoes. It had been months since I had first planted the potatoes in the hope that they would grow into plants and produce more fruit. While they grew so deeply in the ground I was dubious that anything would eventuate. I thought that I might have wasted the potatoes by burying them so deeply. But sure enough thick green shoots finally made their way to the surface and a few months down the track it was finally time to see just how much fruit lay below the ground. What started out as eight small sprouting spuds resulted in a harvest of over 40 potatoes. The eight small potatoes could have contributed to at least two meals for our family but in the end we had enough food for numerous meals as well some additional spuds to pop back in the ground for next season.
Application: There are times in our lives when we experience the death of something meaningful to us. It may be the end of a relationship, the failure to fulfil a dream or even the conclusion of a career. These times are often difficult and bring many feelings of hurt and pain to our lives. However it is often due to this 'death' that another opportunity comes to life. Because of the 'death' and burial of eight potatoes our family experienced the life of many more. Due to the death of different events in our lives we can often look back and see that new life was birthed because new opportunities had the space to present themselves to us. No one knew more about death bringing new life than Jesus. When Jesus was talking about his impending death he knew that it would be painful, like many of the different kinds of 'deaths' in our lives. But when we go through difficult times it is reassuring to know that God allows new life to come from such a death. And often the new life is far greater than what we had previously experienced.
Prayer: Lord, there are times in our lives when the pain seems so intense. Help us to rely on You during these times and believe that You are able to bring new life into our situations. Amen.
What 'death' have you experienced in your life? How have you experienced new life from that situation?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.