Faith: A Spiritual Place

Today perhaps we are the seed, but rest assured eventually, like Christ, Moses, David, the Disciples, Paul and the rest, God also intends us to be the sower. As the child who comes full circle in her relationship with a parent, our reconciliation with God is a process of challenges, questioning and growth, and graciously the seed that is sown is our faith in God. Eventually that faith becomes like home; a familiar place that we, and others will come back to time and again. Faith is the key that encourages us to knock and opens the doors that we by our selves would not have otherwise confronted. Faith is the confidence in knowing that in spite of our selves we will move forward because even through us, surely our God can do anything.

Mark 4: 26-34 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.” 

“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.” 

The One True Seed Of Faith

How fortunate it is for us that God looks at the heart of humankind. In scripture, God makes it quite clear as to what really matters. It’s not about what you see, nor is it about size either in numbers or physical grandeur. Certainly in our biblical history we have so many examples, Moses the murderer against the Egyptians, David the stripling and future adulterer against the Philistines, Peter who blatantly denies the truth before the Jewish people, and let’s not forget Paul the powerful self-righteous condemner against the Christian faith. The fact remains today as it did over two thousand years ago; and God said it first. He takes what we may see as imperfect and makes it perfect. What is small and seemingly insignificant in our eyes he destines for great things, all of which is for his purpose and for his glory. This in my belief is part of the mystery of redemption and reconciliation. (Because) In this Christian journey what ordinarily begins as a reawakening; a rebirth of the spirit can quickly become insignificant as we become increasingly prodigal. It is here that the significance of sowing seed makes the difference. What is most wonderful is that we have only to begin with the belief in the first true seed that is sown in us, despite our selves, fears and our failures, and hold on to that belief; that one true seed of faith, even in the midst of what seems like an insurmountable struggle.

1 Samuel 16:7 “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature… for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”