Except for a farmer, gardener, and those who keep to a holistic diet, seeds seem to have very little importance in our lives. We try to genetically make lines of oranges that don’t have them, we spit them out when we eat watermelons (if they still have them), and we avoid them like the plague if we have diverticulitis.
But if anyone asks me about where you see life’s greatest mysteries, I talk to them about a seed. They are probably the most fascinating part of our world that exists, even more than the unexplored brain (since it also came from a seed).
Think about it. This little tiny seed is basically a treasure chest of DNA, prepared to (in the right circumstances) give birth to any of a variety of beings.
Look around you. Probably the chair you are in came from a seed, the clothes you are wearing, the walls or paneling of the house you live in, almost all the food you eat, and last but not least – YOU and another 6 billion people, all came from a seed (including all of their brains).
But what does this have to do with life’s mysteries?
Well let’s start by looking at a computer chip. Considering that it has so much information, it stands on its own as quite an accomplishment, the result of hundreds of brilliant patents.
It can be as small as the tip of a needle, but contains within it the programming data for controlling a very technical and complicated bit of knowledge. It took many years of science to design it to function properly, and it can perform many functions simultaneously in fulfilling its purpose of carrying the information needed for the proper functioning of your computer.
Now let’s take an orange seed. It contains within it all the DNA info that exists about growing a tree with all the complications, photosynthesis, establishing roots, transferring water and minerals to its body parts, sprouting in season, while creating oranges and seeds that will propagate future generations of oranges. However, even though the orange seed is much larger than a computer chip, it has one incredible quality that a computer chip does not have.
It is programmed to transform itself into the very object it contains the information about.
This would be comparable to creating a computer chip that is programmed to convert itself into an Iphone, or a golf ball, or another seed. Modern computer technology is just beginning to talk about the possibility of having chips that can become something besides the chip itself.
If that doesn’t pique your interest, add to this the fact that an animal or human seed is much more complicated than an orange seed, and a small fraction of the size of the smallest computer chip, and it grows to be something much more complicated than an orange tree. It has the ability to impregnate an egg, and merge its data immediately to be able to create a completely new type of living being (with unique features unlike any other). Put together all of this, and so much more information that we know about seeds, and we begin to realize that we are dealing with a biological creation that is truly beyond amazing in its scope, and complicated far beyond its small size.
The seed is one part of our universe that gives us a small glimpse into the infinite intelligence behind the creation and the functioning of our world. So when the Infinite G-d is revealed, as at the Sea of Reeds, it makes sense that the part of the creation which closely reflects that sense of infinite, should also sprout it’s ‘wings’ and reveal its almost infinite nature.
So next time you spit out a watermelon seed, do it with respect for what that seed is.
After all, you came from one.