You see, the seeds that are in that dead pod get scattered about. They will lie in the earth during the long, cold winter and spring. In June and July, as they are warmed by the sun, they wake up from their peaceful sleep and come to life. Roots, stems, leaves grow longer, taller, fuller until the bud forms and brings forth the beautiful yellow petals that once again bring cheer and joy to hot August days. And next year, there will be more of us than this past year.
The lesson I teach is that sometimes it takes a long time before God can show the glory He has been preparing. And when that glory begins to fade, it is only to begin anew the preparations for the future.