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Last week I went & saw an amazing movie called “Soul Surfer” which I would highly recommend seeing! This movie was about a girl who found herself facing a very tough situation, she is a surfer who’s trying to go pro, but in the midst of her biggest opportunity she loses her arm & faces a terrible set back. I realized as I watched this movie, & the girl struggled with her misfortune, she had 2 choices she could make, she could lay down & quit or keep pressing on & realize God had a plan.

I have found myself in situations of adversity many times in my music & ministry as I’m sure many of you have in your life as well, so this week I’d like to look at the difference between being planted & being buried. We too, like the girl in the movie, have choices when we are going through tough times & many times the outcome is based on the way we look at what we are going through.

There is a big difference between being buried & being planted & it boils down to your expectation of what happens next. When you put a seed in the ground you don’t say, “I’m burying this seed.” You say, “I’m planting this seed.” When you plant something you expect it to rise again & come back to life, when something is buried you’re kind of just giving up on it & saying it’s over. There are times for burying & planting, sometimes we have to let something go bury it & move on. The time for planting comes when challenges arise. We all go through difficult times, but we have the seed of Almighty God inside of us! When facing disappointments  it sometimes feels like we’re being buried by the cares of life, but the truth is we’ve been planted by God. That means you’re coming back, & not only coming back, but coming back better & stronger than before!

You go in a seed, but God breathes life into your situation & you come out blossomed & produce even more fruit than before, pretty cool huh? What was meant for your harm, God will use for your good! What was meant to destroy you makes you stronger. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been disappointed, discouraged, frustrated & felt lie giving up, but time & time again God would show me He had a plan & was using every situation to strengthen me & help me see the bigger picture He has for my life.

In John 2:24 Jesus said that unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground & is planted, it doesn’t produce fruit. You can store seed somewhere for a lifetime, but it will never become all it was created to be until it is planted in the ground. The seed’s potential is only found after it has been planted, as long as it’s shelved somewhere in comfort, it stays dormant & never reaches it’s potential. The same is true with people who stay in their comfort zone during times of adversity, they play it safe & their potential stays locked on the inside.

Sometimes being planted in the ground is a dark, cold & lonely place for the seed. There is no light, people walk on it & it’s uncomfortable in the ground, but the truth for the seed is it’s not buried, only planted. But when it’s in the ground something supernatural happens, even packed in tons of soil the tiny seed can’t be stopped. The earth around it confronts the bold seed & says, “What do you think you’re doing? You can’t get out, I’m more powerful than you.” But the seed sees it differently & says, “ No, no I’m not buried, I’m planted. I may be down right now but this is only temporary, because the life of God is in me & I have comeback power. I will rise again!”

Time goes by & instead of being this small insignificant seed in the ground it turns into a great tree! What happened? The planted seed had to go through some dark times, lonely nights, there were times the seed thought it would never see brighter days, but it kept pressing on & burst through the darkness into the light & became all that God had intended it to be! I feel this is often what happens in our life, but let’s remember if we are children of God we are never buried only planted so that God make us flourish & be all that He wants us to be.

Please feel free to leave feedback & comments, I love to hear from you all!

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June 15, 2012 @10:05 pm jesus said give thanks IN all things not for all things so when things seem to be going wrong just thank jesus anyway because he is the one in control and the outcome will be for our good. arthur james scott
October 10, 2011 @08:42 am Wow Jimmy Thats great! Just What are was looking for.the holy spirit has put this massage in my haert that it is just a matter of some three days and after that i shall resurrect.thought Jesus had done all the miracles on earth but the complete victory only came after the resurrection and it was then that he took all the authorities from the devel.the Jews thought they were burrying him yet they were only Planting him.Please email me any material you think can help me in this topic. many thanks Lungile Lungile Shiba
April 15, 2011 @08:53 pm Jimmy, You are a source of inspiration. I am starting a Student Venture ministry. I want to be an inspiration to youth. In the future I would like you to perform a concert for the youth who I will be discipling. You are a super talent. God has blessed you abundantly. Keep up the great work brother! Pat
April 15, 2011 @12:54 pm YES! Bloom where "GOD" has planted us!!! Tom
April 15, 2011 @10:41 am Really nice thoughts Jimmy.I am having a being burried expierience right now but I will not give up and will sprout out again.!!!! LOL Dave McCullough
April 15, 2011 @09:30 am Dude, I can't believe how well your blogs have been lining up with what we've been talking about at ACC. The whole buried/planted concept is golden. I've never looked at it that way before. Check out this message from a couple of weeks ago. It goes along really well with your post. http://www.ameliachurchofchrist.com/content/view/660/112 Josh Young
April 15, 2011 @01:05 am Very much enjoyed your blog re: being planted or buried. You developed that theme wonderfully well, and I could use that thought in my ministry. I'll copy it into my files with credit to you... Pastor Bowdle Rev. Bill Bowdle

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