30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
Lent is a time for reflecting and asking ourselves how we’re doing, spirit-wise. Mark 4 is a particularly good passage for me to reread, as I need to have seeds of faith inside me. I never know when I’ll require them. I have needed them recently in the matter of my husband’s health.
Several years ago, my husband found out that he had serious heart problems. Thank God I stored up seeds of faith then, because I sowed a seed in the cardiologist’s parking lot. Then he had to have open heart surgery roughly six years ago. A number of seeds were sown at Morristown Hospital. We weathered that with God’s help. Boy, was I thankful then! But I would need more seeds. When I drove home from church about five or six years ago, I’d think of my poor husband waiting at home and realized that it was quite possible that he might die. So, a string of seeds went flying out the window of my car. But he was lucky enough to get on the heart transplant list.
Then a little over three years ago, he got a phone call that changed both his life and mine – the hospital had just received a heart that was perfect for him! Now I would need all the seeds I had stored up and more. Oh, he had some setbacks in the hospital after the heart transplant, but after three months of being away he was finally able to come home, which just proves that I needed all those faith seeds…
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