“He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;
it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and
make nests in its branches.’ He old them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in
with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.’” (Matthew 13:31-43)
The morning was sunny but cool as I began my daily walk on the path behind the parsonage. As is my habit, I was meditating on scripture to the rhythm of my steps, opening my mind to the voice of the Spirit within the text. As I rounded a bend of the forest trail and entered a sunny meadow, the wild fragrances of late July awakened me from my reverie; pungent yet sweet, and bursting with the essence of life. As it happened, I was meditating on Sunday’s gospel scripture from Matthew in preparation for leading Children’s Sermon, and was focusing on two short parables that point to God’s Kingdom: the Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Parable of the Woman and the Yeast. These parables describe the mystery of the Kingdom, which often seems to be invisible, and yet is present and ever-expanding within the world. We tend to get so caught up in the busyness of our lives and of the heartaches and misery of the world that we forget about the good news of God’s Kingdom, brought into the world through the birth of Jesus Christ. So simple. And yet, so easy to forget.
On that morning walk, as I meditated on God’s Kingdom, the Spirit awakened me to the nearness of the Kingdom through the sensory delight of breathing in the fragrances of a sunny meadow in late July. The Kingdom, as invisible as it may seem, is all around us, whether in the pungent fragrances of a summer meadow, or in the smile of a passing stranger in a Fairway Grocery aisle, or in the cheerful voices of Storm Camp youth pulling weeds in someone’s yard. But it is up to you and me to be aware of the Kingdom, which seems to be as small as a grain of yeast, and yet abounds, ever growing and expanding--like giant mustard shrub, or a round of bread dough, waiting to be baked and savored!
May you find delight in God’s Kingdom!