Do you realize that all of us would die if it were not for one miraculous phenomenon?
That phenomenon is germination.
Germination is God’s design for what a seed does when it comes into contact with the earth (or dirt, soil). When combined with the correct amount of water, sunshine, and subsequent ground warmth, a seed then bursts open and brings forth new life according to its kind.
“Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.'” Genesis 1:29
Germination is something we can’t easily explain. If you leave a seed in a bag or in a box, nothing happens. But put it in contact with soil and the right conditions, and out comes all of the life stored within it!
Be amazed: Hold an acorn in your hand while under a large oak tree and look up. All of what you see in that massive tree came out of that acorn you hold in your hand. What power! What marvel! What life!
Now think of everything that we eat. Whether directly or indirectly, our food is all derived from seeds that have germinated, turning into plants that grow, wild or cultured, forming key foundations in the food chain.
Fields of crops, orchards, vineyards, forests, meadows….indeed all the plants of the world exist because of germination.
And germination follows God’s order of things after he created all vegetation on the earth on the third day of creation:
“Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so.” Genesis 1:11.
Germination stands over the course of time as one of the great mysteries and provisions of our created world, once again showing that God is in control and it is He who provides.
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