And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows;he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
~ Mark 4:26 - 29
Over the weekend I spent time with a few college students at United Campus Ministries of Greater Houston listening to them talk about the current political climate. It was interesting to hear how they are learning to recognize the power that they already possess, noting that this young generation has the ability now to create change.
One of the girls began to talk about the importance of planting seeds at this point, so that in the future things such as racism, poverty, and many other things that seem to divide our nation might be healed. She commented, "There is a difference between planting seeds of hope, and burying our issues and not dealing with them."
She reminded us that some seeds that we plant will require time and patience, noting that, "Trees require deep roots before they can begin to grow towards the sky."
With these words I was reminded that God asks us to sow seeds that will produce "good fruits," or at least faith, hope and love.
It is not always easy for us to wait. I can remember years ago watching a bean seed slowly begin to send out roots prior to sending forth the first sprout.
She continued and reminded us that not all seeds are meant for us. "Some seeds, like some that we now have, won't begin to send forth the first signs of growth, until they have sufficiently taken root, but we still must plant and care for them. That is the only way that the future may know of their presence."
Great words of wisdom for all of us, and the reminder that the seeds of our life are among the most important that we possess, and how we plant them, will effect the future for generations to come. What seeds of faith will you plant today?
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.