A seed certainly looks dead. It does not seem to move, to grow, nor do anything. In fact, even with biochemical tests for the metabolic processes we associate with life (respiration, etc.) the rate of these processes is so slow that it would be difficult to determine whether there really was anything alive in a seed.
(When the seed of our destination has been planted in our lives we will experience a season in our life when nothing seems to move, to grow or in fact do absolutely nothing. It may seem as if there is no life left and our hopes and dreams are completely lost.)
Indeed if a seed is not allowed to germinate (sprout) within a certain length of time, the embryo inside will die. Each species of seed has a certain length of viability. Some maple species have seeds that need to sprout within two weeks of being dispersed, or they die. Some seeds of Lotus plants are known to be up to 2000 years old and still can be germinated.
(If God doesn’t place us in a position in our lives that will cause the truth of what is in us to began to develop and form, that which is truth in us will eventually die and we produce that which is dead. Some of us have to experience trails that far outweigh others because of the purpose God has placed in us. In other words we will endure much more for a longer period of time than most!)
Assuming the seed is still viable; the embryo inside the seed coat needs something to get its metabolism activated to start the embryo growing. The process of getting a seed to germinate can be simple or complicated.
(If we say we are His then what is in us must be activated by His power to cause us to began to operate according to His will for our lives, but it is up to us on how difficult this process will be.)
When a seed is exposed to the proper conditions, water and oxygen are taken in through the seed coat. The embryo's cells start to enlarge. Then the seed coat breaks open and a root emerges first, followed by the shoot that contains the leaves and stem.
(When we have been tried by the fire and have been exposed to the hand that God has used to fashion us into what He has created us to be we take on the mind of Christ in us and focus on His purpose and plan for our lives. That’s when God moves us out of our futile state and causes situations in our life to move aside so that His Glory will be revealed in us!)
In a more general sense, germination can imply anything expanding into greater being from a small existence or germ.
(As God’s Seed there is always a process we must go through in order to become what He has created us to be! It may hurt more that than you could ever imagine, it may take longer than you would have expected, it didn’t go at all the way you planned it; but it is still “God’s process to Promise.” In the end you win for now you are what He has created you to be and you produce fruit after your kind, which causes you to be greater than you were from the beginning!
*For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jer. 29:11-13