First Week of Lent – Friday
March 15, 2019
From Presbyterian Outlook Devotions
18 He said therefore, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? 19 It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches." 20 And again he said, "To what should I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened."
Jesus proclaims the kingdom of God and proceeds to help his hearers understand how to recognize that divine reign. The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. The kingdom of God is like yeast. The kingdom of God appears small, sometimes undetectable to the eye, but exponentially able to grow, transform and nurture. Today take note of the little things that nurture you and bring growth and transformation.
Lord, we experience times that feel stagnant, your presence difficult to detect, impossible to see. When we doubt your ability to transform seeds into bushes and yeast into bread, forgive us. Thank you for the beauty of trees, the smell of food, all the little things that bring to mind the countless ways you sustain and nurture us. Amen.