It was a Saturday. I had stopped by my favorite coffee shop for that perfect cappuccino, but wouldn’t you know it, I sat down in the middle of a hornet’s nest! A couple was arguing nearby. The guy at the next table was spewing out some pretty foul words. An older man was staring out the window, through tears.
So I gave up the peaceful cappuccino dream, took in the scene . . . and had the craziest notion. I envisioned Jesus walking through, touching each of those folks on the arm, and the fighting, cussing, and sadness just melting away. Wouldn’t that be the most amazing power to have? To touch people and sow peace? That beats a peaceful cappuccino any day.
And then I wondered if maybe we do have that power. Maybe that’s what it means to walk in the Spirit. Maybe that’s what it means to reach into our pocketful of seeds, to sow goodness and peace into the soil of the world.
And seeds are big deals. None are insignificant, even when you or I think we have nothing to offer. The Kingdom of God “is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants…” (Mark 4:31–32, NIV).
Jesus said this about mustard-seed faith: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20, NIV).
The smallest seed is a big deal. As Pope Bemedoct XVI said, “I have a mustard seed and I’m not afraid to use it!”
A seed might be a word, an action, a note, a trip, a prayer, a touch on the arm, a donation, an outcry. Such seeds can bring forth peace for a troubled soul . . . or electricity for Africa . . . or aid for refugees. These are power seeds that can reach to the remotest parts of the earth.
My friend, Julie, invested $50 into a micro-loan program years ago. That one loan (seed) has enabled eight people to take the leap out of poverty. My friends at the Dalit Freedom Network were instrumental in the passing of HCR139, which expressed outrage over the practice of untouchability in India. A congressional resolution (seed) on behalf of people who for centuries were considered to be of less value than insects? Groundbreaking. (The Dalits of India are my heroes, by the way.)
The point is, we can make a profound difference daily. We can sow a pocketful of seeds into the soil of the world. You might say we can become “seedy!”
So what seediness does God have in mind for you?
Ghanian Israelmore Ayivor said this: “God calls big trees out of small seeds, so He prepares great monuments out of small minds. He will definitely call those wonderful things He put in you out of you. When He begins, do not resist.”
(This is an edited version of the preface of the book.)