Thursday, July 10, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the lake. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!’
Every moment plants something in our souls. Every moment … the living Spirit of God seeks our hearts, inviting, coaxing, nudging, drawing us to let the moments of our lives water the seed of Love that is the presence of God in our hearts.
The word of God is not ink on a page, but the speaking of God in time and space, in my history and yours, in the life of nations, their joys, sorrow and follies.
The word of God is not words as much as events, happenings, moments through which God speaks. And we, who hunger for God, search for the right words trying to capture what we think we are hearing in our moments so they are not lost to us but water the seeds of life and love in our hearts.
But on too many days we are too busy, too preoccupied with the exterior details and diversions of life, too shallow or too disbelieving to think that is exactly in our moments that God is speaking.
We fail to look within to listen and notice what God is saying, and the seeds of God’s life and love planted in their souls fail to grow.
But this has been a good week. On several occasions, I sat with small groups where people talked about struggles that were keeping them awake at night or about experiences of helping and mentoring others.
Ideas were shared, encouragement given, insights appeared. Conflicted souls began to let go of things they could not control, and others took hold of ministries that are important to their hearts.
Together they listened to each other--and helped each other listen to themselves. As they listened, they heard the word, the speaking of the God who speaks in every moment.
The Bible was not opened in these particular gatherings, but the word of the God who is Life and Love was heard in the moments of all-too-human lives. And having heard, those lives had more life and love in them, more strength and grace.
The seeds of God’s life planted in their souls grew because time was taken to listen and ask what the Spirit was saying through the moments and struggles of their lives. The seeds God was sowing found fertile ground and grew into the Love that is the presence of God in our hearts.
Pr. David L. Miller