how does your garden grow?

Jesus said that if we have the faith of a mustard seed, we can literally move mountains (Matthew 17:20). A mustard seed is exceptionally small, and yet grows into a very large shrub – large enough to give shade to animal and man alike. If such a tiny amount of faith can move my mountains, push through my struggles, bring forth great things, then what could that much doubt do?

I wonder how much faith I actually have sometimes. Where I actually put that faith. So many times I will turn around and realize that struggles I have wept over, giants I have fought in my sleep, pits I have fallen into, have somehow been resolved. Quietly, over time. Like a small seed that is crushed and broken, begins to deteriorate and then starts as a small green stem…slowly pushing through the soil, reaching upwards towards the light…then slowly breaking through, yet with so much growing yet to do.

It’s never in my time. Never how I expect. Often with moments of anger and frustration because I want answers now. Change now. This deep need only magnified by our microwave society. And yet how can anything worthwhile come in any other way?

The stem divides. Small leaves form. Branches begin to extend. If you have ever watched a seedling tree in the ground, you know how very long it will be until that tree can bring shade. Or fruit. Let alone reach its greatest potential.

Of course, the antithesis to this would be how doubt can grow. Or negativity. Sin. Fear. It starts small; a gentle suggestion. A random thought. Someone else’s opinion. We bury it, but it starts to grow. Without a thorough weeding, and some spiritual perception, we can soon allow something to grow that we never intended to take root in our hearts. Lust. Resentment. Jealousy. Selfishness. Hate. Separation. Disillusionment…

What are you growing? Do you need to do some weeding? Some of the prettiest flowers are weeds – it takes wisdom sometimes to be able to tell the difference…




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