I have experienced times when I wanted God to come in with a big hand and fix a few things. Something obvious like a timely, yet unexpected rain squall on an otherwise calm day that extinguishes a fire or a miraculous cure when none was expected.
Yet more often than not, miracles have been long in the making: diverse services coordinating to extinguish a blaze and aid those harmed by it; or slow and steady advancements in medicines; or even someone with exactly the right training available at the exact moment. As if God had sown a variety of seeds widely and generously, without knowing how each particular seed might contribute to answering a future prayer, but hoping that if enough seeds were sown a few would eventually lead to great things.
“The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,
and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow,
he does not know how.”
— Mark 4:26-27 (NRSV)
What seeds has God planted in your life?
I will have more to say about this passage on Sunday, June 14th, 2015.