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He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”
He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
Just Because You Can’t See It
Best selling author, Emma Hart, in her novel Never Forget, wrote, “Just because you can't see something doesn't mean it isn't there. It's just waiting for the right time to show itself.” Of course, I think we all know that could refer to all kinds of things. For example, just because we can see air, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Now I recognize we may not be able to say that about parts of China, still... And just because we can’t see the future, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist or at least won’t exist eventually. And even if we can’t see certain more esoteric things like justice or fellowship or unity, that doesn’t mean those things don’t exist either.
And you know, based on what Jesus said to his disciples, I think we can say the same thing about God’s rule, his kingdom. I mean, even though we might not see it happening, we can decide to trust that it’s growing. Right now it’s growing, sometimes so slowly that we can’t see the changes. But even if the growth is almost imperceptible, it’s still happening, because it’s controlled by God and not us. And one day, when that growth is complete, there’ll be enough room in God’s kingdom to accommodate all of us, even those who don’t want to be accommodated. And there’s where we’ll find both rest and redemption. But that’s the future. Right now, I think it’s important for us to trust that Jesus was right and the Kingdom is growing, because as we all know, just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.