Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 25, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
I have never seen a mustard seed. Here where I live, over a mile high in
the Rocky Mountains, we do not grow much mustard. But, we grow some mighty
tall pine trees in our mountains and I know they come from pine seeds which
are incredibly small. So, while I don't know a thing about mustard, I know
quite a bit about pines.
Pines start from very tiny seeds. What is interesting is that it takes fire
to make them grow. While many may think forest fires are so damaging -and
they are - they are essential for these large tree's cones to pop open and
spread their seeds. These tiny seeds take root on the sparse, rocky soil
and spend most of their early years covered with snow. As they grow and
mature they face terrible winds, cold, disease and attacks from insects and
animals. But grow they do, into large majestic trees that provide shelter
for countless of God's creatures.
Our lives as Christians are not much different. Our conversions start many
times under the fires of sin and the wrongs the world teaches us. We take
root as small things in sparse soil. For great periods of time we find
ourselves buried in the icy cold of the world, but with the Lord's help we
persevere. We continue to grow and as we fight off the attacks we face in
our growth, we become mature. The next step is to share our strength and
maturity with those who need it, similar to the many creatures who seek
shelter in the great pines.
So, mustard seeds must be like pine seeds which are like our lives as
Christians. Iım convinced God watches over every pine seed that hits the
ground and sprouts. Is there any doubt He watches over each one of us?
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
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