“Don’t dig up in doubt, what you planted in faith” – Elisabeth Elliot
I was thinking. What does trust look like, In the new beginnings, in the new paths we walk, in our dreams and even our hearty, soul-ey type desires?
When we plant a new seed or a dream of sorts, it requires letting it go, and then covering it with soil. It has to go underground in order for it to rise into its full splendor. There’s this time at the beginning, where you don’t have the evidence of the unseen, the time where the seed you so excitedly received is no longer in your hand, but you’ve buried it deep into the soil, and the flower has yet to sprout.
Beginnings feel like that. You make a decision. Its exciting, you’re practically bursting at the seams, well that’s what I do anyway. It’s easy to get a fright when you no longer see the seed. But always, there comes this time where the newness wears off and you have to embrace this season of growth. You have to embrace being at the start not the finish. Embrace being at the bottom of the mountain, not the top. Embrace the unfamiliar path that you may encounter a few unexpected obstacles on… In planting a seed, you are hoping and trusting in what has not yet grown. And must put time and effort into ensuring the soil it sits in is well looked after by good stuff. Kind words, good people, hard work, discipline. It’s not exactly easy.
But we don’t doubt this wee seeds existence just because it’s gone underground right? Perhaps Faith might want to whisper in ‘it’s ok kiddo’ and it knows the seed was indeed planted, that in being well looked after it will soon rise into something super nice. Faith can see a bigger picture. Always. Pay more attention to the voice of Faith, because I would say it is very wise.
And, Patience whispers in to not dig.To not resort back to old stuff, to not run, but to plant your feet into this beginning. And grow and stand tall. It rests in the peace of the bigger picture, in the process of growth and of becoming, and it knows, any digging of sorts might interfere with the process. And that seed? It’s gotta rise through dirt, push through all sorts of odds and elements to blossom, but it will find a way. Perhaps a different way to what you once thought. It might have to go off course, take a detour round some cheeky little tree roots or something, but it will find a way. They’ve even been known to find cracks in the concrete to poke through.
So if you’re at a beginning, like I am, don’t be discouraged. The seed indeed must go underground for a bit, but with a little willingness to look after it, something beaut will be formed. Don’t you worry.
P.S I still recommend looking up the song ‘Shepherd’ by Amanda Cook. It so beautifully captures this process we so often find ourselves in…
“You make my footsteps and my path secure
So walking on water is just the beginning
Cause my faith to arise, stand at attention
For You are calling me to greater things”