God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Beauty of the Small

 The Call to Discipleship in The Gospel of Mark, Day 23

He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’   With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples. Mark 4:30-34 
       When my son was a toddler, we had moved into a new place and were able to have a garden. With a toddler and a new puppy, I thought a flower bed would be nice. The house butted right up to a forest but in our side yard there was a place that got sun for part of the day and had enough room to create a bed. So my son with his little shovel and pail and me with a big shovel started turning the soil and pulling out the sod. We dug into to get all the roots out and then needed to fill it back in with top soil and manure. Once we had the soil prepared we went to the garden center to pick up seeds. My son fell in love with the color blue so he picked out forget-me-nost, flax, lavender, salvia, flox, baby blue eyes, lobelia. I picked up wild flower packets and song bird attracters. So we had an abundance of seed packs and then a tray of annuals so something would bloom right away. I love wild untamed flower beds where there is order in the chaos. So we opened up all the seed packs and poured them into a bowl. My son was fascinated with how small the seeds were. They were all tiny, but some of the seeds were just a dot. We took our bowl and went out side and scattered the seed on our patch of ground. We put the annuals at the edge and patted down the dirt. Then we through some more manure on top and watered. The watering was a blast because you could get mama wet. We had to wait and water. The annuals were blooming gloriously, but my son was worried the seed would never come up. But each day we would check and pretty soon there was green, and then there was more green. It kept growing and sprouting until one day the first flowers bloomed. Each day more flowers starting blooming, until the bed was overflowing with flowers. What was so small had become abundant and full of life. 
       The kingdom of God is like the smallest seed that grows to become a great bush with branches filled with birds. What starts small can grow adundantly. What word can you speak of God's love that can grow and flower beyond your wildest imagining. A small, little act can grow into showing the dawning kingdom.  

Prayer Practice:  
I invite you to use the words of the song below as you prayer today.  Take time between each line to breath and listen for the movement of the Spirit.


Sow Seeds, Trust the Promise by Jim Manley

Sow Seeds, Trust the Promise, uh-huh
Sow Seeds, Trust the Promise, uh-huh
Trust the promise, sow the seeds,
God wants to give you everything you need, uh-huh

Sun come up and the rain come down, uh-huh
Sun come up and the rain come down, uh-huh
Sun come up and the rain come down, uh-huh
Promise is agrowin' underground, uh-huh

Use God's word with gentle care, uh-huh
Use God's word with gentle care, uh-huh
Use God's word with gentle care, uh-huh
Love God's people ev'rywhere, uh-huh




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