We had picked up some watermelon from the store and everyone was enjoying how sweet and refreshing it was to eat. Next thing you know, Zachary said he was going to plant a watermelon seed and let it grow. My first thought was, “That’s not going to work”. I thought about how I could tell him you need the right soil, temperatures, etc. But, I paused before I said anything and I kept quiet.
I mean what does it hurt to let him take the seed outside, dig a hole, bury the seed, and then water it?
I think I wanted him to have realistic expectations, to teach him laws of nature so to say. Being practical and deliberative are two strong personality strengths I have. I mean growing a watermelon in January in our front yard isn’t going to happen. But was it necessary for my 4 year old to know all of this in that exact moment? My 4 year old who lives in dreamland, is always hopeful and positive that in any situation the outcome can be turned into good- did he need my ‘reality check’?
I then thought about another story about a seed. One where Jesus said: “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” (Matt. 17:20). I got to thinking about how many times I limit ideas and possibilities because I am being ‘realistic’. How often do I forget that it takes dreaming to do something that people once thought impossible? Just yesterday Chris and I were talking about how the fact that bullet trains, airplanes, and flying cars exist would be considered to someone in Bible times as a ‘miracle’. But someone had to dream it up. They had to see beyond the ‘rules’. They had to plant the seed, water the seed, replant more seeds, and on and on until the dream came true.
They had to have faith.
Sure, there are ‘rules’ in life that we all know are true. Zachary can’t fly with just his cape (he’s tried it), gravity is real. But just maybe by letting him follow through on his dreaming I’m letting him water the seeds in his heart that he can do something if he works at it. Then if he adds his hard work with a little faith in the impossible who knows what may happen. He’s already forgotten about the watermelon, but maybe he’s holding onto the idea that his thoughts and actions can cause the impossible to become possible.
Is there is a dream in your heart that is possible but you just haven’t seen it come true yet? Are there people telling you why it’s silly, never going to happen, or impossible because it’s never been done before? Today I would tell you to let yourself dream, take action, have faith, and see if something may grow. Maybe it will grow this time and maybe it won’t. But I would guess that even if it doesn’t grow, you will grow in the process. And that can often be the greatest miracle we experience.