The Parable of the Growing Seed
He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
I’m not green fingered. Plants have never been my expertise, so don’t let me near them. Although, there’s one piece of horticultural advice I have been given that is echoing through my head as I read this parable: do not overwater your plants!
We love our plants, and we want them to be healthy, it feels like the only way to look after them is to give them more water. Our overprotection however will not make them grow faster, instead, it will make the roots rot away. Alas, I speak from experience and that might be shining through.
Let’s leave my plant-traumatic-stress be for a while. We get all kinds of tasks and problems thrown at us every day. Some tasks are important and require our direct attention, but with a bit of healthy discernment we find out not only what we can influence, but more importantly what doesn’t need our attention. We need to learn to trust that things fall into place, even if we don’t do them right away to the point of burn-out.
You might think I’m writing an anthem for procrastination here, but I would like to argue the opposite: we need to do a certain number of tasks every day to be able to truly relax and harvest the fruits of our labour. We keep getting pushed to do more and more every day, but after planting some seeds, they will grow! Maybe, with my renewed trust after reading this parable, I will be able to finally look after a plant.
Prayer: Lord, show me what I can do today, but most of all what I can let go of today.
Action: Make a to-do list for yourself and only do 3 things.
This Thought was written by Thomas Mattheus Govaers