So big…

It never ceases to amaze me, the size of seeds when they come out of packets, and the size of plant they grow in to. The cabbage seeds are like a pin head, yet they manage to produce this:

Or even more so, if you think of tree:

The size of the end result does not depend on the size of the seed it grows from.

Jesus tells a story something like this.

Matthew 13

31Jesus told them another story:   The kingdom of heaven is like what happens when a farmer plants a mustard seed in a field. 32Although it is the smallest of all seeds, it grows larger than any garden plant and becomes a tree. Birds even come and nest on its branches.

33Jesus also said:

The kingdom of heaven is like what happens when a woman mixes a little yeast into three big batches of flour. Finally, all the dough rises.

We may feel that what we have to offer is something very small, but that doesn’t matter, as long as we are willing to use it, God can make it grow into something far beyond what it is in our hands.

Do you have a small seed? If you are willing to plant it, who knows what it will become, how big it will grow – what shelter it will provide for others, that they may find rest and in their turn grow.

Do you have a small amount of yeast? Are you willing to mix it into the dough, that the dough may increase?  Who knows how many people that dough will go on to feed?

The size of what we have is not important.  What matters is being willing to use it, to give it to God and allow him to accomplish his work with and through us.

So don’t worry about how little you’ve got.  Don’t look at how small and insignificant your gifts seem, what little you feel you have to offer – look at God and what he can do – with the smallest seeds and the tiniest grains of yeast.

Lord

I am so small,

I feel so insignificant,

with nothing to offer.

Yet I look at seeds,

and trees,

and realise what you can do.

So I offer you

the seeds of my life,

that you may use them to make something big

for you.

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