Mk.26-29 – TPT – Jesus also told them this parable: “God’s kingdom realm is like someone spreading seed on the ground. He goes to bed and gets up, day after day, and the seed sprouts and grows tall, though he knows not how. All by itself it sprouts, and the soil produces a crop; first the green stem, then the head on the stalk, and then the fully developed grain in the head. Then, when the grain is ripe, he immediately puts the sickle to the grain, because harvest time has come”.
The created world is really quite amazing. Things that we take for granted, things that are happening around us everyday, are really quite mind blowing if you take the time to think about them. Today’s passage describes such a mystery. Seeds are planted, sprouting, and growing to maturity and ultimately being harvested all around us everyday. We miss the supernatural because it is so common. Just because something always happens doesn’t make it less amazing. If anything, the constant nature of planting seeds, watching them grow, and benefitting from their harvest makes it even more amazing. The Lord is feeding the multitudes right under our noses everyday.
I have a community of squirrels that live in my yard just outside my office window. They spend their days playing in the giant oak tree in my yard. They seem to have no care with the abundance of food falling from the oak tree but they seem to unknowingly to join into the mystery of seed time and harvest with the rest of creation. They “plant” acorns in the ground for the coming lean times. They have no idea that they are actually farmers planting seed for future generations of squirrels. Some of their seeds will sprout and ultimately become trees with food for their future descendants.
The funny thing about this is that obviously squirrels can’t make seeds germinate, sprout, and mature into giant trees. The Lord chooses to use them nevertheless. Just because we don’t know how things work doesn’t mean we can’t join the mystery. Jesus said that the farmer doesn’t know how a seed sprouts and grows into a fruitful plant, he just has enough sense to plant his seeds.
Our whole life can be described as seed time and harvest. Our prayers are seeds planted into kingdom soil, our preaching to the lost are seeds, and our praying for the sick are also seeds that result in healing of hurting bodies. Everything from tithing, giving offerings, worshipping, and serving in various ministries are all seeds. Don’t worry about understanding, just join in the fun with the squirrels. Future generations are depending on us.