Tuesday, January 7th. Mark 4:26-29

26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”  Mark 4:26-29


We played with bean plants in 7th grade biology.  I planted three in little dixie cups.  One I watered daily with water.  One I watered daily with Coke.  One I watered daily with coffee.  All three plants grew but the one fed with water grew the best.  What did I learn?  It is a good thing that God doesn’t water the earth using Coke.


The whole experiment was a mystery.  I just didn’t get caught up in the mystery of it.  I just took for granted that beans produce bean sprouts. 


There is so much we take for granted.


It is extremely hard for us to believe that there was a day when absolutely everyone with unquestioned confidence believed that the earth was flat and that, if you sailed to the edge (somehow avoiding the dangerous dragons and horrible sea creatures along the way) your ship would fall off into a deathly abyss.  They were clearly wrong but the belief was unquestioned.


It is equally unlikely for us today, reading reports from the latest space observing observatory gurus that they have located a planet eight times the size of earth around a star only 100 million light years from us that clearly shows signs of the potential for water, to react with something south of amazement.  Although what we just read was a very very well educated guess, it remains a guess.  But we accept it.


So much of life is absolutely mysterious.  We have no choice, absolutely no choice, but to live our lives by faith.  We have no alternative.  In a few minutes I’m going to get ready for work today.  This morning I will realize the degree of trust with which I live my life because I’m writing this now but most mornings I just take for granted that water will flow from my sink, that the stuff in the can will be safe for me to shave with, that my car with start and that the natives will drive within the lines on the freeway.


Every moment of every day we live in faith.  We live in systems inside of systems, connected to and dependent on people we will never know.  We live, we breath, we eat, we listen, we watch – like fish in the ocean, unaware of the water.


So it is that God’s presence fills our lives.  God’s kingdom, God’s influence, God’s creative, redemptive, inspiring power surrounds us.  All the time.  Everywhere.  Miracles, unexplainable realities, amazing relational systems, chance and coincidence and perfect timing – all around us all the time.


None of it accidental.  None of it meaningless.  All of it moving.  Moving toward completion.  Moving toward God.  All of it mystery.  Welcome to reality.


Let us pray:  Dear Lord, thank you for doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves.  Thank you for the gift of life, for the power of love and the promise of life.  Thank you for planting seeds of faith in us.  Shape us, use us, to your glory and the welfare of your world.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


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