He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”
And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.” Luke 13:18-21
There is so much of life that begins with a very small spark. Creative ideas are often very small, but as they are massaged and encouraged a huge piece of art, music or a movement has begun. Not all seeds take, no all ideas flourish and not all yeast is active and living. This time of year, as everyone is frantic to get things planted while the sun is shining, we are reminded of the great potential and capacity available to us.
Jesus continues to explain with images and stories. He desires our understanding. God aches for us to know that there is more potential and capacity as we open ourselves to God's love. The smallest amount of faith can blossom and flourish like a mustard tree. And the smallest pinch of yeast can expand the dough beyond imagining. We are, despite our challenges and limitations, beloved of God and inheritors of every possibility. God wants for us to stretch, grow and dream big.
Today, I ask God to help me dream big and offer the little I have to the power of love. May everything we do today be an investment in tomorrow, planting seeds of faith for the care of others. May we see the potential in everyone, coax the creativity from our little universes and trust God to bring the increase.