Parable of the Sower
by Rev. Alexandra Robinson on May 05, 2021
Parables of growth are fitting as we honor our youth in worship during May. This Sunday, we will recognize the FMUMC graduating seniors, and I am sure for the parents watching their children in this milestone, they are thinking :“where did the time go?” The moment their toddler took the first step seems just moments ago, and now that same child will walk across a stage in a cap and gown ready for their next journey into adulthood. The parable of the sower reminds us of the mystery of time and growth. Human understanding of time is Chronos, focusing on deadlines, goal setting and prioritization for most efficient use of a limited commodity. But God’s time is that of Kairos, when only God knows and understands the purpose of such passage.
The parable of the sower reminds us that the Kingdom of God involves a mystery of growth. While the sower is sleeping, growth happens, without even realizing it. Notice in the parable that the focus of the growth is not on what the sower does, for he only sleeps at night and rises by day. It does not mention the sower fertilizing or weeding or even watering. Instead, the parable only notes that the sower does not know how the growth happens. This is the mystery of God that no human can explain. In our own lives, this mystery manifests as the power of God, in whom we place our trust. When we may not comprehend or be able to control what happens in life, we believe that God’s goodness will be revealed. And that goodness creates growth for the Kingdom of God.
The parable of the sower reminds us that growth is more often about God’s work than our own. If you are in a place of life where you feel you are not growing in your faith, perhaps resting in the truth that God can be at work even in the fallow times can be an assurance. If you are wondering how growth can happen in times like these, perhaps you might find solace in the steadfast holy presence through all circumstances. If you are feeling stretched and pushed into growth, the assurance that God’s work is never abandoned and always in motion might offer hope. During any and all seasons, perhaps we must lean in to God, listen in the silence of the Holy Spirit and embrace the mystery of growth as Jesus’ disciples.