“It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches.”
The disciples are grappling with understanding the kingdom of God. They are thinking of a great revolt and uprising against the current system and leaders, yet Jesus compares it to a mustard seed. A tiny seed that is often overlooked is likened to God’s kingdom which baffles them. They probably even felt discouraged that after all this time with Jesus and expectancy of something great and mind blowing with all the ‘frills and fafoulay,’that God’s kingdom is likened to a mustard seed.
This same seed that’s overlooked because of its minute size can grow into a great tree. It’s not the size of the seed that matters but the potential that lies within it. God’s kingdom brings forth much abundance and life though the beginnings are small and almost inconspicuous. How often have we been discouraged by small beginnings? Yet like the parable with the mustard seed and the yeast we have to look beyond the size and see the great potential that lies ahead.
Lord, help me not to be discouraged and despise small beginnings but to see with your eyes and see the potential in those very small beginnings. Amen.