He told another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and planted in his field. It’s the smallest of all seeds. But when it’s grown, it’s the largest of all vegetable plants. It becomes a tree so that the birds in the sky come and nest in its branches” (Matthew 13:31-32, Common English Bible).
Every once in a while I catch the television magazine show, Texas Country Reporter. I really enjoy the show and wish I could watch it more often than it seems I can see it. Something else often gets in the way.
This past Saturday, as it turns out, was a day I was able to watch the show. I saw a feature on a jewelry designer named Marcie Finney Ditto of Ft. Worth. In recent years, her jewelry she designs has featured mustard seeds. Though she did not say this, I thought, “from something small comes something that thrives.” Without question Marcie is not the biggest jewelry manufacturer in the world. She isn’t even the biggest in Texas, nor does she want to be. She is, however building something faithful for the future for both herself and her family, from mustard seeds.
Jesus compares the mustard seed to the Kingdom of Heaven. The seed is small but from it grows a great tree, big enough that birds can build nests.
Our faith is like that. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to see great results. Jesus says that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. It absolutely can change lives.
I think most of us have heard stories of people checking into hotel rooms whose lives are in shambles, some even have plans of suicide. They pick up the Gideon Bible in the room and begin reading and it changes everything for them. The Gideons placed the Bible in the room in hopes that it might change someone’s life. They planted a mustard seed. It grew and made a difference.
For years now, when someone comes into my church seeking help, they, more often than not get help. They also leave with a Bible. What good is meeting the physical need if the spiritual life remains undernourished. I can’t solve every problem, but I can at least address that problem.
For Marcie Finney Ditto, the mustard seed goes beyond being part of her jewelry. It is something she takes very seriously. Every piece of jewelry goes to the customer in a velvet bag. Inside the bag is a card along with what Marcie calls seed money. She places two one dollar bills inside the bag with the instructions to use the money to perform a random act of kindness. It might be to buy someone a bottle of cold water or help that person who is just a little short of a needed gasoline purchase. The what isn’t as important as the action. What Marci is doing is taking mustard seeds, two one dollar bills, and planting them in the hands of her customers who in turn plant them in the world. I think it might just be turning into something very special and far bigger than a simple seed.
How are you planting mustard seeds, seeds of faith in the world?
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,
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