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June 15, 2018

“This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the round. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.” -Jesus


I recently added soil to a bare spot in the yard. Then I sprinkled grass seed on the soil. When I got home at night I would walk out to look and in the morning before leaving I would walk out to look. On days it didn’t rain I added water. Nothing happened, or so I thought. I began wondering, “Will new grass grow here?”

 

Two weeks passed, and then one day I walked out and was elated to see new grass sprout and grow and I have to admit that I do not know how.

 

Soil, seed, sunshine and water and there it is. But at first I had doubts which persisted until I actually saw new grass growing. I witnessed a wonder.

 

The small seed bursts through its shell, sprouts upwards and downwards and grows. It takes time with many steps and many interactions with soil, sun and water. I planted many more grass seeds than actually grew. Some seed didn’t grow and seed got eaten by birds.

 

And so it is with all of creation at every stage of growth. Growth is challenging but it is also wondrous. It is risky for a cate

 

rpillar to weave its way into a cocoon, what if it doesn’t get out. It takes stubbornness for the butterfly to push its way out of that same cocoon to become a butterfly.

 

Think of a butterfly’s first glimpse of a bush or tree once it emerges. It must be amazing to touch the sky after all those weeks in a dark cocoon.

 

Such is our destiny, when we long for God’s realm of love to grow within us, through us, and around us. Such an experience can be ours when we help the world to grow as God’s loving realm, the world it is meant to be and become.

 

May we resolve to plant these seeds and nourish their growth, both within ourselves and those around us, each and every day.

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