One of the most difficult lessons we must learn as Christians, is that the Kingdom of God is to be found in the common, every day experiences of our lives; and really, that for which we seek is already in our midst.
Gardeners and farmers appreciate this truth. The Kingdom of God is so similar to the way a seed grows, and once it is grown it takes on a life of its own. The gardener doesn’t cause the growth, but once the seed reaches maturity the process is complete, and the crop can be harvested. So it is with the Kingdom of God and the final end for which we wait.
Both in the garden and in the Church, we work to break up stony ground, we sow seeds, we weed them, and we feed and water them. We have good years and we have bad years, but we always have surprises. As in the garden, so in people’s hearts, so much is beyond our control. We can only plant and nurture the seeds we have sown in people’s hearts, and we must let God do the rest. Conversion takes place in the heart, not the intellect. We can preach and teach and give good example until we are blue in the face, but if the person we seek to convert hasn’t received the gift of faith, then we won’t get very far. We must always remember that many are called, but few are chosen.
So much of what God wants to accomplish in and through us is done in ways we cannot see. Ss. Timothy and Titus will attest to that. We are simply broken vessels through which God does his work. If we seek his will, rather than our own, and if we loosen up on our own agendas, then we will find gracious surprises, and find them in abundance.
Ss. Timothy and Titus, pray for us.