Dakota McGrath – Student Worship Pastor
I’ve recently been working on growing some vegetables in my backyard and as I have studied and began this journey, I’ve learned that this process is not easy or quick. I caught myself thinking, “I don’t have time to grow these plants.”
Why would I want to take the time to grow these plants when I can just go and pick up some produce at the store in 5 minutes?
The invention of machinery, cars, and the internet, has created a way of life that is convenient but it is a relatively new idea to push a button and make something instantaneously happen.
If you have Netflix, you’ve had those nights where you are just trying to binge watch the 5th season of The Office for the 50th time when IT happens.
At first, you think it’s a big dramatic pause, then you quickly realize something is wrong; then screen has froze.
But then it gets worse.
That little spinning wheel of doom pops up.
If we’re honest, in a normal day, there are few things more frustrating than this.
Sorry, Netflix rant over…
We are conditioned to assume that most of life works this way, that you flip a switch and it’s done. Through this process of growing vegetables and seeing my lack of patience, I believe it has changed our view of spirituality, growth, and viewing life as a journey.
Is that what God has offered us? Or has God offered us more than just a one click button to life?
In the Bible you see a number of parallels made between life and agriculture. The growth of seeds and the growth of life, a beautiful process that we share with creation.
Jesus gives us this wonderful insight into growth using soil as his example in Mark 4:
“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
“…Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” Mark 4:3-9; Mark 4:20
Just like good soil, we must absorb the wisdom given to us and become fruitful from it. After you lay down seeds on good soil and begin to water them, what will you need next?
Seeds need to be fed for a while before you actually see the fruits of the process.
Just like you.
It’s a journey.
One step at a time.
And then one day you’ll wake up and realize how far you’ve come.
Maybe you know you are needing to work through anxiety and it’s been going well for a while but you seem to have gone backwards a little a bit.
Part of the process.
Maybe you’re learning to trust and someone hurts you.
Life has ups and downs.
Life is dynamic.
The life God has given you is meant to be a journey. Take it one day at a time. Enjoy this life you’ve been given.
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