Something sprouted up in my tiny garden that I didn’t recognize. It didn’t look like any of the plants growing around it. I couldn’t identify it by it’s immature leaves. I hadn’t planted in that particular spot so I was confused. It grew a little more and seemed like it was starting to vine.
Then one night I dreamed there was watermelon growing in my garden.
I haven’t planted watermelon in nearly three years. In reality, I couldn’t even remember what it’s leaves looked like. But in this dream, I knew for sure that it was watermelon.
When the vine grew it’s mature leaves; I decided to look up what watermelon leaves look like, mostly on a whim (and because my first guess- some kind of squash- didn’t quite match up).
Guess what? It’s watermelon.
It has flowered now and there is the tiniest fruit starting. I did not plant it. A dream told me what it would be.
I understand that will sound crazy to some of you. But those of you who prayerfully seek answers and have seen miracles of all shapes and sizes will understand.
I’m sharing this for two reasons:
It’s a strange and interesting thing to have happen (at least I think so). And because I think it was meant as a reminder.
There are many things in my life for which I didn’t sow the seed. I was expected to prep soil and diligently water. But I can’t take credit for the life that sprung forth.
I watch a vine meander it’s way around the garden and I can’t help but think: By the time I saw it’s small green shoot… it had already been growing- sight unseen- for days. I didn’t even know it was coming.
Through a watermelon seed God is teaching me faith and trust.
Right now, we are in a season of waiting for big changes. We have to faithfully believe and patiently wait for them to come to fruition.
It’s coming. It’s going to burst out of the ground. It’s going to grow and grow. It will bear much fruit. Even if we don’t yet know all of the details. Even if we aren’t sure what the leaves will look like.
So in this season, faith looks like believing something will grow from a seed that we didn’t plant. Prepping soil. Watering what we can’t yet see. Trusting even when we don’t know what the vine will hold.
We know big things are on the way. We can feel it deep in our souls. We see the water gathering on the earth. Sunshine is painting what we have turned over in our hands. The details are falling into place. We know we are right on the cusp of major life change. Things we have been praying about and seeking for a long time… are going to spring up from the soil.
Waiting for fruit shouldn’t make us impatient or anxious. It’s a gift! It’s a bonus in a life already more amazing than we deserve! We didn’t even lay the seed! We just have to trust the One who did with hearts of gratitude.
So we will water, wait, and give praise for every inch of growth and healthy green leaf along the way.
“Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen.”