I just happened to stop by the grocery store this week to pick up a couple of items. As I was walking through the parking lot, I passed a small truck which was parked there. In the back of the truck was a bed liner and some junk items tossed about. What struck me was that between the edges of the bed liner and the walls of the truck bed, there were little tree seedlings growing! They were about six inches high and looked completely healthy. I thought to myself, “Life always finds a way.”
As I was thinking about this, it occurred to me that programs within the church can also start “along the edges.” If you look at God’s creation, God doesn’t start with a full grown tree out in the middle of your yard. The tree starts as a seedling – small – and then it grows. Unfortunately for most church people, we have zero patience. We want it now. And we mean Now! I believe this is because most people think, “Well I’m only going to be here for a little while longer, so I want things to be set before I go.” But God doesn’t work that way. Time is not a limit for God.
Perhaps the thinking of the church can be changed to think along God’s lines. Start small and know that it will grow. Life will find a way and church life is just the same. We all need the faith to believe in life – and keep looking at the edges for new growth.
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!