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BIBLE TEXT: Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of heaven is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.” –Mark 4:30-32
PERSONAL REFLECTION: I was up early one morning trying to catch up on things I had failed to do the night before. I was going back and forth from cleaning to laying out meat for dinner to unpacking backpacks and signing school agendas while my family slept upstairs. I finally sat down to unpack my first grader’s backpack. I went through her all of her school work, and suddenly I stopped and repeated the title to a drawing she had created, “Seeds travel by wind.” There it stood, a crooked and misshapen flower of odd colors on a sandy beach with multiple brown specks of seeds flying away in a huge gust of wind. I could not move. Not only had I been cleaning that morning, but I had been talking to God. A particular request that I had been praying for was heavy on my heart. I could not understand why it was taking so long, why everything around me seemed to be out of control, and why I felt so small and insignificant.
“I really am trying to do the right thing, but when I do that’s when the winds blow the hardest.”
God speaks to us even if it is through a six year old’s frail flower. “Seeds travel by wind.” Yes, the winds will blow, but when they do know that God is planting great things! Sometimes we may feel small and insignificant, but like the mustard seed, when it grows it becomes the largest of all with branches to provide others with shade. But we have to hold on! During these times we have a choice to hold on to God alone or to what we think may bring us stability. God is our stability. Holding onto Christ keeps us grounded. Everything else will leave us swirling around in the “blue gust of wind.”
So let the winds blow and the seeds travel. Stay grounded by holding tight to Jesus and watch what “large” things grow out of the “smallest of seeds.”
Thank You because You are good in all circumstances. Lord, I pray that You might grant us the wisdom and understanding to see Your hands at work in all situations. Lord, I pray that by Your grace You will remind us that You are our shelter and that we may rest in Your peace as we put all our trust in You alone. Help us to hold tight, stand strong, and to be an example of a true child of Yours. Thank You for Your unconditional love and faithfulness.
In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I’m Britney and my husband’s name is Andres. We have three kids: Donavan, Chloe, and Serenity. I really like to cook, work in the yard, fish, and watch movies. I enjoy going to the Chinese buffet and eating real Mexican food. I love music and sing as loud as I can when I am driving. My poor kids! Two of my absolute favorite things to do include drinking coffee on the front porch at 5:00 in the morning and hanging out with family and friends and just enjoy the time being spent with them.