Yesterday’s Journal entry was about Sowing Seeds and the parable of Jesus in Mark 4:26-29. This is about how a farmer sows seeds, ‘then day and night goes to bed and wakes up’ and the seeds have grown. ‘But he does not understand how it happens.’
I also mentioned that it took me a while to be able to rest in the idea of sowing seeds then not getting to see them grow. It was Roz that helped me see and understand my role as a seed sower. When I was a localized seed sower I got to see more seeds grow and was more responsible for some of their growth. When I became trans-local I was not around the area where the seeds had been sown. This is not unlike radio, TV, or a web site or blog where a message goes out more in general and less specifically.
Even knowing the general way of sowing takes us to another parable of Jesus; the famous Parable of the Sower in Luke 8 (Matthew 13; Mark 4). General sowing casts seeds on four kinds of soil and some barely grow and only the one ‘on good ground/soil’ will produce fruit. “The seed is the word of God.” (Luke 8:11) This just tells me that the sower has to do what the sower does and the Lord has to do what the Lord does. The sower does the sowing and the Lord does the growing. Done deal.
“And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.” Jesus