Once upon a time, I took a floriculture class. It’s like horticulture except deals only with flowers, not other types of plants.
I learned to make flower arrangements, corsages, boutonnieres, how to cut them properly, the difference between annuals and perennials, and how to physically identify flowers without nametags.
At the beginning of the semester, we planted a variety of flowers in a greenhouse and took care of them – watered, replanted, the whole nine yards. It was cool to watch the seeds grow and sprout above the soil, amazing to know that with time and patience I could help something grow without killing it!
Planting a seed requires an action from the person wanting to see the end product: fruit, vegetables, flowers, etc. Nurturing requires action as well. Without it, the seed won’t sprout into what it’s supposed to be – a living, thriving, vibrant plant.
So God requires of us, to plant and to water, to work together to grow His kingdom. It’s God who gives the increase, yes, but as His children He asks us to be obedient in planting or watering. Whichever, it doesn’t matter. The point is to work together to see sprouts or new growth shooting out of the ground.
Which will you be? The planter? The nurturer? It doesn’t matter which, just be obedient in either of them.
The joy of seeing that seed sprout is worth being either or.