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;dhe 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 ehe puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
~ Mark 4:26 - 29
I love walking on the beach at low tide. Along the Gulf where I live, rarely is the water clear enough to see below where I walk. With the water drawn back, there is literally miles of beach that I could only imagine what it looked like when the water washes over.
It reminds me that there is so much about each of us that only God knows about. Only when things happen in our life do others have the opportunity to see deeper into our lives.
The ability to become vulnerable can be frightening for some. For others it can be time-consuming finding ways to avoid being transparent to others. While there are those who are comfortable in their own shoes, and don't mind sharing openly.
Mark attempts to share that our maturation is a normal process. Like the grass in the field, we grow as blades of grass, maturing, and then at some point we grow to full maturity and we are harvested.
I love to watch a field of wheat in the summer sun as the wind creates waves like that of the Gulf. The current is reflected over the countryside, as golden shafts move in cadence with God as the orchestrator. Then the field is left in stubble once the harvest is complete, exposing what is below.
So it is with us. We react and move to God's unceasing call to each of us. Our ability to react often is tempered by our own ability to shift and change. While some have built up thick outer layers, making it difficult to adapt and move, there are those who find comfort in being surrounded by community, so that when the storm comes, all are sustained by holding one another upright.
Fields and beaches are funny like that, and so are human beings, but all are God's creation. And for that, I am grateful.
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.