Since Andrew and I will be celebrating 25 years married this month, this seems the perfect time to share some of our “How Andrew Met Tina” story, as well as, the events that lead up to my journey of faith. However, first there’s a bit of a planting backstory.
Before I met Andrew I was dating a Catholic fellow. When he asked what I believed about God my response was likely, “I don’t know.” I really didn’t know what I believed.
I still remember him comparing creation to how his wrist watch was made, pointing out that it didn’t just appear one day; it had to be intelligently designed and created. Then He spoke about other things I’d never pondered—always speaking with such joy and wonder. This set my mind to consider things that I’d been avoiding.
To set someone’s thoughts alight sometimes all it takes is someone calling attention to what they’ve been missing. Why hadn’t I given God any thought? I had a problem with religion. Though I had no clue what it was to be a Christian, I couldn’t see past this word. You’ll have to wait a bit for further explanation of this one. (Keep ’em guessing!)
Fortunately, God is good. He’s really good. He planned a way around my avoidance. This Catholic fellow became a stepping stone in my life, moving me towards my aversion.
No, I didn’t become a follower of Christ right then and there, and I’m not a Catholic. I’m a Protestant. However, the things that he shared were seeds that were thoughtfully planted in my mind. Later, other seeds that were sown started to take root in my heart.
I wasn’t looking for God! Jesus was just an obscure religious figure to me. In fact I was trying to steer clear of anything that I deemed religious. I’d dodged many thought provoking seeds as if they were coming at me like heat seeking missiles.
Thankfully, Jesus doesn’t wait for us to come to Him. He came to seek and save the lost. Expect many loving HEART seeking missiles.
My mentor, who turned out to be a diligent planter, admitted that he didn’t start to grow immediately. I’m thankful that He did have deep roots because he was one of the many people who planted precious truths in my heart. Because of all of them, and even moreso Jesus, who so lovingly, metaphorically, scattered seed wherever He walked, I’m able to go and sow also.
Stay tuned for “Stepping Stones.” Coming Monday to a blog near you.
“Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”Matthew 13:18-23 (NLT)
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