Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Armed with a Mustard Seed
“What is the kingdom of God like, and what can I compare it to? It’s like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the sky nested in it branches.” Luke 13:18-19
Can you even imagine that first farmer who took a chance on a mustard seed? It is the smallest of seeds and grows into the largest of trees. It is why Jesus used it in His parable comparing it to the kingdom of God.
I was considering this today and how it relates to my life and yours. I know that everything relating to God’s kingdom is accessed through our faith. Faith can only grow through trusting God in the tough times. Jesus’ illustration about the mustard seed involves a person sowing it just like a farmer. Digging in the dirt, placing the tiny seed of hope and waiting for the biggest of blessings. But the dream must go in the deep dark dirt. And then just like the farmer, we lean on our shovels…we stand and watch for the results…we experience multiple seasons of rain and sun before it comes to be. God has given each of us a garden of hope in which to sow. Sowing takes time but harvesting seems to take forever. We must fully embrace the truth that growth cannot be seen in the dark of the soil, but only when the proper time has come to harvest.
What is the dream that you have planted deep in your heart that hasn’t seemed to penetrate reality? What is that small hope you have that you are confident leads to big blessings? A new job…a new relationship…a new home…a new beginning? ‘Big doors swing on small hinges” is a quote that the author quoted in my Bible study. ‘A tiny seed, a little idea, a small investment, given time and proper planting, grows into more than you could ever imagine.’ Looking for Lovely, Annie Downs, p 41.
So, plant that seed, dream that dream, and believe that the harvest is on the horizon.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Gal 6:9