June 17, 2008
The Miracle of the Seed
26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
Dad loved his garden. He also loved everything about gardening—planning, preparing the ground, planting, and especially, savoring the fruits of his labor. Most times, he even did not mind the weeding. But more than all of those, Dad loved planting the seeds with his children. He and the children then waited and watched daily until the seeds sprouted and green shoots appeared through the soil. Oh, how Dad loved the giggles and squeals when his children discovered the miracle of new life, born from a seed.
How God delights when we find something new about God at work in our world! The teachings of Jesus serve as our guide to discover God’s design. Jesus often uses common images to teach the complex lessons that help us envision God’s plan for us. It may be hard for us to imagine our work in the kingdom of God, but when Jesus compares it to the sprouting and growing of a seed, we are able to see God’s vision for us as we grow in His love and sprout to do His work. Verse 27 ends with “the seed sprouts and grows, though he (the man) does not know how.” We may not know exactly how the seed sprouts or how to do God’s work in the world, but we do know Jesus will show us if we give Him a chance and learn from His teachings.
(Adapted from McCullough-Bade, Robin. (2018, June 17). Christ in Our Home, 65(2), 82.