I have this sweet little memory from first grade. I’m willing to bet many of you have a similar one. Where one day we were given a seed, some soil, and a little white styrofoam cup. I remember filling half the cup, placing my seed in there, and then filling the cup with the rest of the soil. We sat our cups in the classroom window and watered the dirt often.

After a little while we had budding green sprouts that we excitedly took outside and planted in a spot our teacher selected. That was one of the few times in my life that I literally and physically sowed a seed.

If you have ever planted something, then you’ll know how it feels to impatiently see the same “dirt” every day while waiting for that first little sprout. The first sign of growth. The first sign of life.

I wonder if you can relate that feeling to a time in your life.

Tucked into soil, the seed sits surrounded by, actually buried in, darkness.

I’ve felt that.

An air of mystery surrounding it, inevitably leaving me asking questions: Am I doing this right?

Will anything change? Will anything come of this?

I’ve felt that. Maybe you’ve been in those seasons too, or maybe you are there now.

I’m here today to tell you that even in a season that is dark, you are not hidden from The Lord.

He is “near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

Draw near to Him today and He will draw near to you. Let his gentle loving hands nurture and enrich your heart. He will not leave you as a seed just tossed onto the ground and discarded.

You are not forgotten.

Under the surface, things are happening, even when we cannot see it.

And my favorite part of this analogy?

From the soil, the only way to grow is up.

“I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” –Philippians 1:6