June 16, 2018
Mark 4:26-29…“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.’” vss. 26-27
From ancient times, those who till the soil and plant crops have generally had a strong appreciation of God’s role in the whole process, and, at harvest time, have led the way in making sacrifices and giving thank offerings. Even with all their skill in preparing and fertilizing, they know there is much beyond their control. The sprouting and growing is inspiring and mysterious–an annual miracle that fills the farmer’s bins and also feeds the world. Jesus saw similarities between the work of farming and the growth of the kingdom of God. Disciples could only do so much with their ministries of teaching and preaching. They could plant seeds but, which seeds would sprout and produce fruit remained a mystery. We see that happening regularly in our outreach and our caring. We may want to make a big difference in the lives of others but the best we can do is scatter seeds of kindness and love, and we never know when those words and deeds are going to touch hearts and change minds. Sometimes it might even be a throwaway phrase or an insignificant action. We don’t even remember what we’ve said or done…and later we find out that we’ve made a major impact for good. Such is life in the kingdom of God!
Thought for the Day: Surprising results from my ordinary acts and words.