Mark 4:28 “First the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.”

I’m on call for jury duty. I hate it! Not the serving, that’s one of those duties we have as citizens no its the waiting. Not knowing if I’m going today or going tomorrow. I’m not in control and I hate it. As humans we are constantly in the process of trying to direct the world about us and sometimes even God. Our Savior instructs us to slow down, do the job right: “first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.”

Throughout our lives we are taught that only winners go far, that success is the “bottom line.” We even do this in the church. How many souls have you saved? How large is your congregation? What is your weekly take (sorry I mean offering)? Yet, in our scripture Jesus reminds us that the sprouting, growing and ripening of the Good News is out of our control. Yes we get to help by scattering the seeds of God’s Word, to be there when needed but the harvest is out of our control.

Thank you God for the path today and for the endless ways you reveal yourself to us. Today teach us to rejoice to delight in the beauty around us and to stop! Then praise you. I say Amen. Again I say Amen.