We wonder - will that seed ever sprout? And when it doesn't the doubt settles in far too quickly and we question if we really heard from God at all. We ask - how long do we have to wait for the signs of life? Did God forget about us? Did the seed die in the tiny cup?
And in the waiting we mess with the seed. We poke and prod. We circumvent the process and try to speed it up. We want a microwaveable seed. Plant it. Push a button and voila - it sprouts. So we mess.
Abraham messed with his seed. Literally. God told him he would be the father of many nations. Abraham had a promise from God. But then the waiting started and the delay came. And after a long time, Abraham doubted that he had really heard from God at all and decided to take matters into his own hand. He messed with the seed. And instead of waiting for God's promised son, he went and found a way to make his own son and circumvented the original plan.
Or we lose focus while we are waiting. We get bored waiting day after day and looking at dirt with no signs of life. So we start doing other things. We don't like waiting for our smart phones to load and we want Uber-fast results. We lose focus quickly.
David lost focus. He took his eyes off his seed. He was suppose to be in battle and instead ended up on a balcony when he made some bad choices. David had a promise from God to be a King and Warrior. But David got bored. He took his eyes off the prize and got distracted.
And we start looking in everybody else's cup. We start comparing and wondering why someone else's is growing so fast, so tall, so well. We start asking "why me?" We grumble. We complain. We compare.
Esau took his eyes off his own cup and right on his twin brother's cup, Isaac. Literally, he was holding an eternal birthright to the entire inheritance of his father's legacy and put his eyes on a cup of soup. Something that went in him and out of him in less than a few hours. Traded in something eternal for something temporal. All because of comparison.
Dear Heavenly Father - While we are waiting, please protect our little seeds as they are buried deep. When they are silent and sleeping and we are tempted to mess with the seed, lose focus and compare. Please help us wait on You. And wait for our little seeds to sprout. We trust your timing. We know you are good. And we know you are faithful. We commit our little seeds of promise to you for your glory and our good. Amen.