Seeds By a Different Name

9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Acts 3:9-10

Have you ever seen someone in a store but can’t remember where you first saw that person. It happens to me where I might see a waitress or waiter from a restaurant in a store. I know the face but can’t exactly remember the context of how I met this person. My mind runs through all the possibilities and will eventually match the venue with the person. The light bulb goes on in my head and my mind can rest easy because I’ve solved that puzzle.

Most people who saw the lame man probably didn’t notice him that much, but when he was seen dancing and singing in town, you just know people had a rough time placing the man with where they remember him. Then the puzzle came. They knew him as the man who begged for money by the gate, but how did he become whole again? More seeds were being planted in their minds. How many seeds would it take until they fully believed? No one knows. That’s why we never stop doing what is right, planting and watering where we can, and harvesting when it’s time.

In this situation, Peter and John helping this man walk again was not a subtle seed planted. It was bold. Not all seeds will be like that. In fact, most aren’t, and by definition, can’t be large.

Keep planting those seeds, little by little, day by day. Don’t lose heart in the battle that’s before you. The good you’re doing in the lives of others will be rewarded. Keep pressing in to God, and you will bear much fruit.

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