It seems so often that when we think about growth–spiritual, emotional, physical–we assume that we need to have a 9-step “refuse to lose” mentality. We set the goal; we determine the plan; we work the plan. Control and results are completely up to us. Praise and blame are also squarely on our own shoulders.
Recently, I cleared out my vegetable bed to plant a few peppers, eggplants, and herbs. It looked neat and inviting. Yesterday I went out and observed patches of other plants emerging. Some people might call these weeds. I would too, generally, but now I see them as surprise growth. Out of my control, weeds are going to grow. (Of course, I will pull them eventually!)
I am reminded of the parable of Jesus about the farmer who plants and goes to sleep. The plants emerge. He knows not how. So is the kingdom of God.
-The Reverend Lisa Hunt, Rector