Monday, January 21, 2008

Winter Chill

Mark 4:30-32
Again he said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade."

In the Parable of the Mustard Seed, Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a mustard seed. The mustard plant has very small seeds but the plant is large enough to provide shelter for birds. I love the parables that Jesus uses to teach us how to live and work together. In this parable He is trying to describe the Kingdom of Heaven but at the same time He is telling us that no matter how small we think we are or our actions are, if planted correctly, we can be and do great things. The small things we think, do, or say grow larger just as the small mustard seed.

Today I am praying that all my mustard seeds are planted, as God would have them planted. All this thinking about seeds makes me realize that we plant many other seeds in our minds and they also can grow from small to big sometimes with positive results and sometimes not so. We do have to guard against what kind of seeds we plant... what we allow to grow in our minds, hearts and lives.

It's so cold outside and so toasty warm inside. Cocoa puff won't go out this morning. When I opened the door she just stood there and looked out. Then she turned her prissy self around and went back to bed. Who says cats aren't smart?

Stay warm.


Just Joni said...

I love this parable. It is important to be a seed planter, but it is equally important to pull away the weeds and water with care...and all so that we can be before the Son...what a tremendous blessing it is to be a seed planter!...and to recognize the unlikely places where they will grow.

Nonnie said...

matthew has been so on my mind lately. sweet reminders...your mustard seed mondays.

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