‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone sowed in his field. Though it is the smallest of all the seeds, when it grows it is the largest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in it.’ (Matthew 13.31-2)
As a total newcomer to growing vegetables I am constantly astonished at the whole process. To take a tiny seed and bury it under the earth, out of sight, seems to me an enormous act of faith, and the edible product that emerges a complete miracle.
When Jesus speaks of the kingdom of heaven he is not referring to some distant time in the future, but to something that has already begun, quietly growing, like the seed, small and apparently insignificant, taking root often in unexpected places and ‘unimportant’ people. As we pray that God’s kingdom may come, let us look out for the signs of its presence, and pray that the small seed of our faith may mature according to God’s plan, bearing the fruit for which we were created.
Revd Rosemary Kobus van Wengen