He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow...” (Mark 4:2-3)
WHAT IS GOD SOWING IN YOU?
“The Sower” is one of Jesus’ more famous parables. You can read the entire thing (Mark 4:3-9 ) and Jesus’ interpretation of it for the disciples (Mark 4:13-20) as you choose. Today I would like to reflect on the question: What is God sowing in you, at this point in your life?
God is sowing in me a deeper sense of trust. As I prepare for a walk across the country next year... as I prepare to relinquish the work that I have been doing for over 26 years... as I prepare for that time next year when I will be apart from Julia - except for brief reunions - for nine months... as I start looking into the logistics of where I might stay and where I might speak during those nine months... as Julia and I wonder how my income is going to be replaced, or mostly replaced, during that time... I hear God saying, “Okay, Peter. This is a time to go deeper. Do you really trust me?”
God is sowing in me me a deeper confidence - a word that means “with faith.” I hear God saying, “Be confident in your preaching, and in your ability to inspire, challenge, and comfort. Be confident that you can form a 501(c)(3) and have it approved by the IRS. Be confident that you can give feedback to others as well as you receive it. Be confident in Me - that I will continue to lead you, protect you, and guide you. Be confident in the overall goodness and generosity of human beings.”
God is sowing in me an awareness of the areas where I still need to grow. For example, how can I - as an introvert - develop my outgoing side? How can I learn - this year and next year - to ask for money without apology, and even see that asking as giving people the opportunity to be generous? And how can I expand my ability to receive?
These are a few of the things that I see God sowing in me right now.
What is God sowing in you?