He also said, “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. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”
Reflect and Pray:
In this week’s gospel lesson, Jesus tells two parables about the kingdom of God. Today’s passage reminds us that sower doesn’t know how the scattered seed grows and produces grain ripe for harvest. As the sower can’t force the seed to grow I can’t force God’s kingdom to come. While I do play a role in that process, I have to continually remind myself that ultimately, God will work in God’s own time.
Do you ever find yourself becoming impatient with God? While I am often frustrated that God doesn’t work on my timetable, it is even worse when I push God’s desires aside and try to force my will upon a situation. Pray with me for a spirit of discernment that God is allowed to work in God’s will and ways in our lives.