September 22, 2023
Here in central Illinois, it is harvesting season. Before something can be harvested, it must be planted. Jesus used the imagery of a seed being planted in the ground to point his followers to a profound spiritual truth: for something to grow, something must be planted underground, and the process will require some hidden, slow work before you see the result. He was preparing them to understand his death as part of a larger story, but it also points us to follow his lead.  
John 12:24-26
“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.”
Questions to consider:
In general, am I patient and trusting in my spiritual life, or am I more anxious when I’m unsure about what’s happening?
How does Jesus’ example – especially as he approached his death – encourage me?
An action step to take:
Name something that you have a hard time trusting God with. Imagine holding it in your hands, then talk to God about what it’s like to open up your hand, giving it over to Him to be in control.

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