“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.”
The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed and yeast. It starts small and grows into something much larger than what could have been imagined at the beginning. What if the products of the Kingdom of God function in a similar way? What if gratitude and love grow and spread in a similar way, like a mustard seed and yeast? When we are living in the presence of God, in the Kingdom of God, gratitude and love will flow from us naturally. And it will grow. In this text, we see that the birds can find shelter in the branches of the mustard tree. When we are growing in our gratitude in the presence of God, others will be able to find sanctuary, or safe space, with us in a way that never could have happened without the gratitude we’ve been cultivating in partnership with God. We also see that yeast gets worked into the dough to make bread that will nourish others. In a similar way, when we are growing in our gratitude in the presence of God, we will nourish others. As you reflect on this text today almost halfway through this Lenten journey, how do you see your gratitude growing? How has it affected your relationships? Where are further opportunities for growth?