I have never had green fingers and have either found that I have chosen the wrong time to plant the seed or the wrong location. Sometimes in my eagerness I have over watered the plant or given it the wrong food. In my attempt to keep things in order I have trimmed and shaped or tied the plant in an effort to make it grow against a certain wall because that's how I had imagined it in my mind only to find that by doing this the plant became unhappy and sought its own direction into the light or simply shriveled up leaving me wondering why I bothered trying in the first place and wondering what I had done wrong.
It made me think today about timing, location and only helping when needed. In my home life as a parent timing is everything - I know intuitively when to approach my children and get them to listen .I know too that if I try restricting them or overpowering them they will rebel and choose their own path.
I used to teach practical parenting classes and enjoyed hearing all the many parenting styles . I guess the parable is there to tell us that God can only do so much and that there comes a time when we have to take action ourselves choosing the right time, the right place and the right location. As a parent it is just the same and now as I begin in business I discover that in order for it to grow I need patience and time too, I also need to listen and learn from others to help when needed but give them the chance to choose from the dark or the light dependent upon their needs in their own time.
I find for me that attending church has kept me learning , whilst my life is busy I do make the time to read with my children and we learn together .I choose to spend my time on a Sunday learning and sharing so I hope you do not mind me blogging about it today. I enjoyed the parable as much now as when I was a child and came home and felt I had to write about the feeling it gave me. After all life is meaningless without feelings and shared thoughts.
So what did I feel - I felt comforted and content knowing that we don't always get the timing right, we don't always pick the right starting point but that with help and the right support anything can grow just like the mustard seed . It also made me realise that whilst everyone likes the idea of heaven itself being a wonderful place and we all know our timing will come we have a lot of time on earth with a lot of choices to make and heaps of possibilities to plant and nurture our very own mustard seeds x