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PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE: SOME SEEDS TAKE TIME TO SPROUT

Just last week as a result of a self-imposed quarantine, I decided to try my hands-on gardening while, I social distance and self-isolate to mitigate the spread of the virus. This, I thought was my way of doing the “Lord’s work” in helping to battle the coronavirus.

Hence, I ordered a bag of seeds from an online Agro store then proceeded to plant the seeds in a pot. I immediately set to work, filling my pot with manure and placing seeds in each pot. I watered daily and placed each pot directly under the sunlight to aid a high germination rate.

However, to my surprise, only a few seeds started to sprout and others didn’t germinate at all. I was very unhappy with my result and almost gave up on my little garden. Out of boredom, I continued to water all the plants even though some didn’t germinate at all.

I began to wonder what had happened to the seeds that didn’t germinate. I said to myself it must be the quality of seeds; maybe they were not of good quality. I continued to water each pot every day with water and ensuring that each pot got the right amount of sunlight.

After a few days, I noticed that some of the seeds that did not sprout earlier started to germinate! I was shocked and happy that my efforts were not in vain after all. Note that I didn’t achieve 100 % germination because some of the seeds got rotten in the soil.

Upon deeper reflection, I realized that even in nature things don’t happen at the same time, thus why the constant need to compare ourselves to others. Our journeys are not the same; therefore, we can’t expect to have similar timelines to achieve success.

Like the bag of seeds, some germinated before others and some didn’t even germinate at all. Likewise in life, some people will achieve great success before you and unfortunately others might not live long enough to see their dreams come to fruition.

It sounds grim but it’s true. Therefore, when God gives you another waking day amid this outbreak, spend it watering your dreams instead of giving up. Who knows? Those dreams might just “germinate”.

Oh, don’t forget to social distance while you are home on a partial lockdown!  #Staysafe.

March 30, 2020

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