If he speaks to you in parables

Mark 4:26-34

This is what the kingdom of God is like:

The mystery seeds became Cosmos.

The mystery seeds became Cosmos.

I planted seeds early last spring, not knowing what, if anything, would emerge; trusting there was life in the seeds that time, soil and water would tend. I looked each morning to see if there was any sign of a plant emerging. Day after day, I’d take my walk and check on the site, nothing. I began to doubt the process, yet each morning I looked. And one morning a green little sprout appeared. Was it the flower I had planted or a weed volunteered from the rest of the garden? I watched and noticed there was a row of such sprouts emerging from the spot I had planted the seeds. I let them grow as they needed. It’s a mystery, this seed becoming a plant and sporting flowers that brought beauty and fragrance to my garden. All I can do is plant, stand back and let it happen. And then cut the blossoms when they are ready.

A tiny little seed that has the potential to grow into a vast shrub. Like those rose of sharons that emerge all over the place. They are so prolific, unchecked they would become a forest of shrubs.

Your kingdom is a mystery, a word, an action, small in itself, yet has within it the power to explode into life. Your kingdom mysteriously grows and provides food, beauty and provision. Let your kingdom come!

“AS they were able to hear it. BUT privately to his own disciples he explained everything.” Be his disciple, obey his word, follow him and they will be explained.

The Lamp that is you

lamp-639489_640Thoughts on Mark 4:21-25
A lamp is brought into a room to light the room; a lamp is a good thing, a thing that allows life to happen within the room, a thing that is an extension of the light of the sun. Similarly, the good in your life is brought into relationships and situations to be an extension of the sun, bringing light and life where ever you are placed. You need to honor the placement of your life, and not hide yourself out of fear, shame or pride. The lamp within you and that is you illuminates the corners of the room, bringing into the open both life-giving and life-defying secrets; hiding from such a light is hard. Listen to Jesus about this, dear one, he is speaking to you. Be careful about to whom you listen, you will give away what you have been given.

To whom do you listen? Who tells you who you are and what you are to do in the relationships and situations you have been placed? Hopefully, it is Jesus; the one who calls you friend, who shares his inheritance with you; who teaches you to call the God of the universe your perfect parent.

My dear one, trust the lamp you are, don’t hide it under a bushel or a bed. God has named you light of the world, a city set on the hill. Trust his opinion of you more than your own. Amen.