Seeds Explained

During the biblical time period, The Brassica Nigra (Black Mustard) seed was the smallest seed known in the Middle East region of the world measuring in at about four hundredths of an inch. However, it can eventually grow into a bush up to twelve feet in height. Although now it grows in many places, it's native origins trace back to the Middle East. Jesus used the mustard seed as a subject for the parables documented in the books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke in the Bible.

My wife Susan and I aren't anything special. We are just a couple of people who love each other, and believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord, and Savior. A few years ago, I had given Susan a glass grinder as a gift that sat downstairs, unopened in the box (Remember, the smallest of seeds). Long before we met, she had done some stained glass work as a hobby. I figured the grinder would get her back into her artistic element, something she had been missing for a while. As it turns out, Susan one day asked the Lord for some guidance after she was laid off from a dead end job (We did toast the event, by the way). After listening to what the Lord was telling her to do, she has set out...and never looked back.

I'll let her tell the rest of her story...

I was downsized from my job of 7 years. Things had taken a turn that I didn’t care for. The company seemed to restructure with every change in leadership. In the span of 7 years there had been several changes in leadership both on a regional level, and on a corporate level. Some of the changes involved downsizing very qualified, and competent people. This change removed my immediate supervisor, along with others, from the company. Then to make matters worse, the company decided to pull up stakes and move the operation further away from home. Significantly lengthening the commute time. What used to be an okay job became drudgery. I really wanted to quit. Other employees convinced me to stick it out so, at the very least, I would get severance pay if things completely fell apart.

I have been a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ for the past 10-12 years. I was brought to Sunday school, and attended church with my family when I was younger, like so many other people. That continued through high school but afterwards it just kind of fell by the wayside. Unless a person has a defining moment in their life, and truly seeks the face of God, you feel like you are on the outside looking in. Well, I came to my senses, and consulted the Lord Jesus on this whole job thing. I pretty much whined like a spoiled brat. I begged and pleaded and cried for Him to get me out of there. I asked Him to lead my path and show me what He wanted me to do.

Since His timing is always perfect, He had it be that I was let go. I was elated. After I came back down to earth, I went to Him and asked... “Okay, you set me free from work, what is it you want me to do?” His answer was nothing I could have imagined - Short of hearing an audible voice, He made it very clear what He wanted of me. Quite simply, go back to creating stained glass. BUT, you are my voice, plant the seed and let me speak. The deal is that I can create whatever I deem appropriate for our Lord, but each piece must have a mustard seed. And each piece must be accompanied by scripture, Matthew 17:20.

So, then started the hunt for mustard seeds. That took some searching but they eventually presented themselves. Got back into the swing of doing glass. I dabbled in stained glass during my second year of college, and for a little while afterwards. But it never amounted to anything, and I didn’t really know what I was doing. A few years ago my husband tried to rekindle my interest in it. He even went as far as purchasing additional tools for me, but I had just let them sit. Now, they are a regular part of my week.

They say hindsight is 20/20. If I had only known…If I had known that doing the Lord’s will would make life so satisfying, and fulfilling, I would have asked Him to take my life and use it for His glory much sooner.

So, yes, I’m the craftsman that creates the pieces you see, but the Lord Jesus Christ gets all of the credit, and glory. It is His wonderful idea, and I’m just the servant that is doing what is asked of me.

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