The Kingdom of God is like a growing seed
“This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” Mark 4:26-29 (NIV)
As a slight control freak, this parable challenged my faith more than any other kingdom analogy. The man who scattered seeds had no control or understanding of how or why this seed was growing. Yet, when the time to harvest came, he was still prepared.
This left me with one question: have I become so fixated on trying to control the plans God has for me? Am I obsessed with trying to understand why things aren’t going the way I expected them to? Have I missed the harvest that stands ready? As a 22 year old, I thought I’d be working my dream job by now but my reality is far from that. I spent a large part of last year trying to rationalise where things went wrong and working out how can I regain the control I once had. To do that made sense because it’s what the world has taught us as young adults to do.
But I love that the theme for Summerfest this year is ‘counter culture’. God isn’t asking us to become caught up in the logic of his plan because His thoughts are higher. He doesn’t expect us to control it because that diminishes the grace and favor he wants to bestow on our lives. All He expects from us is to be obedient enough to get up and go when the harvest stands ready.
Adi MacMaster – Powerhouse Stellies Leader