falling to the ground

John 12:24 “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (NIV)*

maple seeds hanging in pine tree (photo by patty perkins)

maple seeds hanging in pine tree (photo by patty perkins)

if i let go the branch

fall to the ground below,

let my will be buried there–

none of me to show.


if i forsake my way

turn to him instead,

would one seed really multiply–

if i but his path tread?


by patty perkins


A seed has to die before it can reproduce into many seeds. Holding on to this life by refusing to fall to the ground will cause the life cycle of the seed to stop.

Sometimes it’s difficult to let go of the branch and fall to the ground. We might like hanging in a pine tree with all the other maple seeds! It takes faith to let go.

Jesus set the example. He followed his father’s will by dying on a cross. His one seed planted brought life to many.

We don’t have to die on a cross! But, we do have the daily choice to let the seeds of our will fall to the ground and be planted. To live God’s way and let the seeds reproduce. Let one become many.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


About Patty Perkins

I'm Patty, writer of the devotional blog, Beside Quiet Waters. I love writing, reading and taking long walks with my camera. I've been married to my loving husband for 32 years and we have two grown sons. I am thankful for a place to spill ink, in hopes of encouraging others to find daily hope and inspiration in God's Word. View all posts by Patty Perkins

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