And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.” Mark 4:26-27
This is my pet avocado seed. Well, it used to be a seed. Now it’s a tree. Yes, a teeny tiny baby tree, but that’s still a tree. It’s one of 9 I have on my kitchen counter. Seeds, not trees. Each time I’ve made guacamole this year I’ve tried to get the seeds to grow. This is the third one that started to grow, but the first one to do more than start a root. I’m very proud of my tree. Three months of watching, watering, changing water, rinsing off mold that tries to grow on the shell. That’s some dedication! And yet. I have no idea why this one became a tree and the earlier attempts stayed seeds. Just like the Kingdom of God. Hmmm….
I find this an encouraging passage. It’s easy to be in a season of need, whether that be greater health, finances, relationships, whatever, and to begin to fret if I’ve done enough to make it happen. Have I prayed enough? Have I studied scripture enough? Have I reached out to enough people? Worked enough hours??? The reality is, it’s all about God. I can do everything within my power, but until God breathes life into the situation, it ain’t happenin’. So today I will relax and slow down the frantic, fearful thoughts. Today I will accept that I can only do what I can do, and I will trust God to make up the difference in His season. In His time.