Thursday, September 14, 2006

Stay in the Soil

"Think about yourself as a little seed planted in rich soil. All you have to do is stay there and trust that the soil contains everything you need to grow. This growth takes place even when you do not feel it. Be quiet, acknowledge your powerlessness, and have faith that one day you will know how much you have received." Henri Nouwen


It's impossible for one single metaphor or analogy to sum up the entire Christian life, but every so often you run across one that just sticks with you. While I know perfectly well that God is at work in my life, and that it's not about my efforts on his behalf but rather his efforts on my behalf, sometimes it's so hard to stay put. To really abide in him. I want to jump out of the dirt. Prove myself worthy of his love. But the expending of these energies just leaves me exhausted.

I know the responses God requires of me are simple:
Submission. Obedience. Confession. Adoration. All my activity needs to be within those bounds. It's kind of like a never-ending circle, where I hear his voice, act in obedience and continually humble myself before him. I get off track when I fail to listen to his voice. When I act out of my own initiative, to please myself (even in doing good). Or worse, when I look back at what I think I've accomplished and heap accolades upon myself (or seek them from others), instead of keeping my eyes on him in praise and adoration.

It's hard to stay in the soil. But if I really believe he is sufficient and continually working out his plan in my life, I won't want to be anywhere else.


6 comments:

Katrina said...

Love the quote by Nouwen, and I love your thoughts on it. It's all actually quite simple and straight-forward, what God asks of us...yet it can be so hard to do, eh?

Susanne said...

Very good analogy! My flowers don't continually pull themselves up and then try to get replanted. They stay put and draw from the soil and grow! Seems so simple, so why do I find it hard sometimes? I'll remember this picture next time I think of getting unrooted!

Vicki said...

Ah, yes...to rest in Christ is what it's all about. Loved your post. Wanted to thank you for your comment at Windows. Sorry that Bloglines doesn't seem to work all the time. I appreciate your visits, and your thoughts and prayers.

Trying to stay in the soil ~
V.

ps--did you know of my other site? http://victoriagaines.com - for writers/artists.

Jeannine said...

That is a good analogy.

Jennifer said...

Good thoughts, and nice picture. If it's your garden, it's a lot more obedient than mine.

Barb said...

What a beautiful quote. So simple but so profound. If we could remember this all the time, how much simpler life would be. Thank you for sharing that quote. I may print that out, do something nice with my scrapbooking supplies and display it where I'll be reminded of this thought daily.