Numbers 17:5

The staff belonging to the man I choose will sprout, and I will rid myself of this constant grumbling against you by the Israelites.

When I think of the word ‘sprout’ I think of a plant, specifically a tree. I think of the process. How they begin as a seed and fight their way through the dirt to the surface, while being consistently watered. Once they reach the surface the light is used to further increase their growth. They grow branches and leaves and some even produce fruit.

I have had seasons where I sprout and seasons where I doubt. I doubt whether God has called me into this. I doubt whether I am good enough. What brings me back is His love despite my doubt. This is what drives me to sprout. This is what drives me to want to continue growing daily in my relationship with Jesus. Love.

In this story, only one man sprouts, Aaron. In our life, every person has the ability to sprout. Everyone starts off as a little seed, baby. We are watered daily, fed, taught, and loved. We begin to grow and produce branches and leaves. Our roots begin to deepen in the things we love and believe. We are attracted to the light, Jesus, who helps us continue to grow more and produce fruit. Hopefully in the end we produced enough fruit for others to continue on loving.

It is all a process. I believe God calls everyone to sprout. I believe He calls everyone to grow, love, and be loved. I can’t imagine God sent His only son to earth to die so that only a few people would be called to grow. He wants us all to grow and go spread His name. Time to get going.

Are you in a drought or a sprout season?

What can you do to get out or stay in this season?

Dear Lord, thank you for the droughts as they are reminders of how much we need you. Thank you for the sprouts where we catch fire for you. May our droughts never be longer than our sprouting moments. We love you. Amen.

Have a great day!

C. Lyman


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