Sometimes, as we take the first small steps forward, plant the first seeds of change into our lives, we wonder whether we’re getting anywhere or accomplishing anything. We know that we’re “supposed” to grow; yet when we seek signs outside ourselves, the landscape still appears barren.
I believe that Jesus understood our continual desire to both plant and grow. In the “Parable of the Growing Seed” [Mark 4:26-29], which some Bible scholars believe is an Earth parable, Jesus explains:
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[/she] does not know how. Earth produces of itself; first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. And when the grain is ripe, at once he[/she] goes in with a sickle, because the harvest has come.
As appropriate for his 1st century agrarian culture, Jesus uses the analogy of seeds and Earth to reveal how transformation occurs, within the Earth — and — within us. He reminds us that once we choose to plant, we also choose to trust that our harvest will unfold before us, little by little, one step at a time.
Our understanding and acceptance of this is tremendously liberating as we remember: Seeds produce as is their nature — and so do we. We are divinely created by God, Divine Creator of all things, to grow and thrive. And when we remember that we can grow all the time, we also can choose to rise above and grow beyond daunting challenges.
The humblest farmers admit that they don’t completely understand how crops grow, although they understand their role: They nurture growth; they don’t force it. This awareness reminds us to remain faithful throughout the process, whatever our process is, and trust in divine outcome, especially if we want to steer the whole Universe to make something happen before its time.
It also reminds us that crops grow in their time, which isn’t always ours. Because the truth is: It isn’t our job to know how, when or where. That’s God’s job. So on the way, we do what we can:
- Basking in the sunshine and/or resting in the moon glow of prayer, meditation, reflection and contemplation.
- Nourishing ourselves with healthy foods and yummy treats; a peaceful night’s rest; enjoyable exercise; fun, laughter and play.
- Watering with encouraging words and loving deeds from those who most appreciate, honor, support and value our growth process.
- Nurturing with gratitude for each day’s blessings.
- Rejoicing in even the smallest sprouts and tiniest buds.
As we continue on our way, we begin to notice the depths of our innate faith, strength and wisdom. Then we discover how perfectly our road is unfolding before us, as we allow God’s divine power and presence to lead the way.
© 2017 – Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks. All rights reserved.