Having been inspired and curious about these common, ordinary, yet abundant cattails, I spent some time online researching. It turns out that most cattail heads contain over 25,000 seeds! From a single stalk. That’s a whole lot of seeds. And that’s only one plant! Multiply that by the thousands upon thousands that line just our coulee alone…well, you could repopulate and change the whole world with all those seeds.
I came across this most excellent quote:
“Nothing in Nature lives for itself. Rivers don't drink their own water. Trees don't eat their own fruit. Sun doesn't give heat for itself. Flowers don't spread fragrance for themselves. Living For Others is the rule of Nature. And therein lies the secret of life."
Why is it that we humans get it all backward? We’re the ones who live for self. We grab and we hoard, and we buy, and we buy and then build a bigger house with more garages and sheds to hold more and more of our stuff.
As I drive around our Fargo-Moorhead area, I’m simply amazed by the number of churches we have here! It’s really quite astounding. Every size, shape, denomination, and sub denomination, and sub-sub denomination. Pick your flavor. And then I hear all the time of new church plans, or mission start-ups going in here and going in there. And most likely, especially now coming out of the COVID crisis…most of these churches are only partially full or mostly empty. Do we really need one more church? Really!
I think it would be much more productive and far better for our world, if we could simply get the army of Christians, those of us who claim to know and love Jesus, who already exist here, to simply start spreading the abundant seeds that have been given to us. To share the many rich blessings that have been given with the rest of the world. To simply DO the work of being a Christ-follower. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Bear with me for a moment if you will. Let’s just say for argument's sake, that God gifted you with 25,000 blessings in your life. (Please note that I don’t believe in a finite or miserly God!) How are you doing at giving away or sharing those 25,000 blessings with our world? Have you sent your seeds off to land and grow elsewhere? Or are most of these blessings still hoarded and clinging to the stalk of your life? After all, the end goal of the cattail is to release all of its seeds to better our world. Not to hold onto what it was given.