In Alma’s analogy of the seed, we plant the word of God in our hearts. As it starts to grow, we recognize that it is good, because it begins to enlarge our soul, enlighten our mind, and be delicious to us (Alma 32:28).
This is a good sign, but it is not the final goal. The full reward comes later, after we have nourished the tree with diligence and patience. When it is fully grown, it produces fruit, “which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst” (Alma 32:37-41).
Here are a couple of my thoughts after pondering this analogy today:
- Trees grow at their own pace. You can’t force them to grow, and you can’t make them grow faster. They require consistent effort over time, particularly when they’re young and fragile. Doubling your efforts will not accelerate the growth, but neglecting the tree can result in irreparable damage. That’s why both diligence and patience are required. My relationship with God will grow as I dedicate sustained effort over time.
- We plant the seed in our hearts. Unlike the tree in Lehi’s dream which was external and visible to other people, this tree grows inside of us. Only we can perceive the growth. It is our souls and minds which expand as the tree grows, and we are the ones who partake of the fruit in the end. I need to pay attention and recognize the spiritual growth I am experiencing, because it may not be perceptible to other people.
- Fruit is nourishing. It contributes to our health and vitality. It is not only delicious; it is also good for our bodies. Instead of consuming empty spiritual calories, I will wait and work to consume the fruit which will strengthen my soul.
Today, I will remember Alma’s analogy of the seed. I will dedicate consistent effort to nourishing the tree that is growing inside of me, so that I can one day enjoy its fruit.