Dry shell softens
Releasing a pale root into welcoming soil
Our destiny unfurls in slow motion
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32
"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:16-20
"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Colossians 2:6-7
The title and concept for this poem came to me as I listened to Dave Abney, a pastor at Lake Baldwin Church, talk about the parable of the mustard seed in his October 3 sermon. He reminded us of the apparent tension between what God has ultimately promised for the future and what we experience right now in our lives. It all starts so small and we grow into it, sort of like how Jesus seemed to have such a quiet, localized personal ministry, but it has grown to be a huge force all over the world. Someday, we shall see the fullness and magnificence of his Kingdom with the eternal glory of Heaven. Nothing we know on earth can even begin to compare to that! We just trust that it's coming, and that gives us hope for the here and now. The gospel of Jesus is simple, enduring, and beautiful. We are like seeds planted to become strong trees, his life within ours. We long to be like Jesus : loving, bold, servant-hearted, free, and yet sometimes the progress seems so slow. I've often thought of this as living "between the now and the not yet." But we are comforted to know that he is still at work in us, and his love is not dependent on our progress but on his grace.
"Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is." 1 John 3:2