Unless a Seed Falls to the Ground. . .

. . .and dies

Disintegrating Puffball - IMG_0832

Found this puffball near our house and immediately thought of John 12:24.  Before the insides of a puffball turn to spores, the insides are spongy like a marshmallow and the outside’s color is creamy brown.  But a transformation takes place, the insides become spores that spread in the wind — especially when you encounter one this size with the lawn mower!

The wording of John 12:24 is awkward.  Dying is referenced twice — maybe to simply draw our attention to it?

First, in existing “alone”, as the seed falls to the ground and dies; but then, it will bear much fruit should it die.  Jesus was preparing the Disciples of His own death: that His dying would grow fruit.  What a great symbol for the Disciples to connect to later on when Jesus would be “absent in body” from them.  Jesus gave purpose to the next stage for the Disciples to work to bear fruit.

Also there’s a nice symbolism within the imagery of a “seed”.  Seeds are edible, beneficial, very healthy foods.  The Word of God is edible, sustaining, tasting good.

Maybe you have some thoughts?

-Jeff

 

Think twice before using your Compass inside a running Electric Car

Compass Story Pic - DSC00211If a Compass could talk, I once had this conversation with my Compass.

When I was a stopped at a stoplight one afternoon I pulled out my cheap Compass from the storage compartment between the front seats.  Looking down at the needle, it said I was headed North when in fact I knew that I was, no doubt about it, headed directly south.  So I gently jiggled it, the needle switched positions then again reported that I was, in fact, headed North.

So I said, “Hey, what’s going on here I don’t think you’re pointed North.”

The retort, “I’m a magnetic Compass that points you to North.  You have to figure Continue reading “Think twice before using your Compass inside a running Electric Car”