“He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.” (Mark 4:26 – 27)
In my husband’s family there is the story of my mother-in-law who planted a few zucchini plants. Or more precisely a few hills of zucchini plants. Or even more accurately, many hills of zucchini plants. As spring moved to summer, the hills erupted with zucchinis. If you know anything about zucchinis, you will understand. It was her first experience growing this highly prolific vegetable – she did not know how they would bloom in the rich soil of Indiana.
“The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” (Verses 28 -29)
My husband’s uncle finally tilled up all the hills of relentlessness growing plants, returning the nutrients to the ground. Zucchinis, I gather, are not perennials so it was safe to assume they would not return.
“He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”(Verses 30 – 32)
The Kingdom of God grows, with a force that is hard to measure by human standards. We try to approximate it with metaphors and analogies. And we try to predict where it will grow best by surveys and census. But the Kingdom of God is not a human entity or being. It grows according to the Spirit; and we know, the Spirit moves and blows according to Divine pattern.
When I was young, I thought I knew how my life would unfold; yes, the Trinity was a vital part and actually at the center of my life. But I still thought I knew what would happen. Sad to say, at times I under estimated what I could do and what I was capable of. I wish now I would have had more confidence in myself – maybe closer to the confidence the Divine had in me.
If you are a young person, and for you too the Divine is the driving force and energy in your life – dream big! As big as the love the Divine has for you! If like me, there are more days past then there are days ahead, thank the Lord for being there and believing in you – even when it was hard to believe in yourself.
Lastly, even if metaphors and analogies are not sufficient to illustrate the Divine, use them anyway! We can never under estimate how wonderful and how caring the Lord God is. If we can only a imagine & image a small portion of the Almighty Lord God & the Divine’s care for us, we will be prepared to grow and develop into the person the Lord intended us to be.
“With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.” (Verses 33 – 34)
May the Holy Presence who is always with us speak to us, explaining all the things we need to know. Shalom & Selah!