I Am A Seed


“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT)


Lately, I have had to remind myself that my human life is a temporary state. I need to breathe, relax, and put things into perspective more often. There is something more beyond my human existence and experience. I am a spiritual being living temporarily in a human body. The things that trouble and frustrate me will eventually be in my distant past – a fading memory.

I must have been contemplating these same things when I wrote this poem. It was published by Radiant Life’s Weekly Journal of Practical Christian Living in September 2001.


My spirit struggles,
in this corruptible shell
that will soon be planted
like a seed
in the ground.

for the shout of The Lord–
an awakening warmth.

Then I will
bursting upward
as a graceful,
incorruptible being,
spirit melded with form.

Then I shall be like Him.
Then I shall see Him as He is.
Copyright © 2001 Linda Pulley Freeman


“But someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?” What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first…Then God gives it the new body he wants it to have. A different plant grows from each kind of seed.” (1 Corinthians 15:35, 36, 38 NLT)


About Linda Freeman

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Linda Pulley Freeman combines her specialized training in environmental and chemical engineering with her deep ministerial commitment as she serves mission fields at home and abroad.

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