When was the last time you picked up a photo album and looked at some of your old photos?
A bit of a shock, no doubt, looking at some of those old pictures.
- How young you were
- The different hairstyle and fashion
- Memories of past years and experiences.
How life has changed over the years. Funny I still feel much the same person but obviously some things have changed. Life is never static even if the change is imperceptibly slow.
A primary condition and purpose of life is growth.
On the one hand, growth is fundamental to the human condition. Year by year we age, our bodies grow, our minds learn, our emotions develop, socially we adapt to the daily new and unpredictable happenings.
On the other hand, growth is a challenge.
Qualities like love, peace, mercy, truthfulness are dimensions of our being that are shaped by the choices we make, the activities we engage in, the intentions we follow through on, the attitudes we display.
These more subtle domains of our experience are the things that engage and activate the finer realms of our soul. Too often people become static, fortunately others find the way.
They grow in Spirit, and so the Kingdom of God grows and grows until it bursts.
That’s what this well known gospel parable is about. Jesus speaks of this spiritual core of life as the word of God.
“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God…”
The parable paints a simple picture of the way the spirit of God, encounters, interacts and responds to numerous life conditions. Not unlike the seed the farmer scatters on the ground in the hope that the harvest will come forth in abundance. We could put it another way. It describes the way that the essential core of life meets the numerous daily experience of humanity.
In each situation in life there is creative tension and depending the human response we see a creative opportunity encountered. The spirit of life faces the challenge of rising to greater heights or being thwarted by circumstances too great for it and the opportunity is lost.
That’s the living tension that stands as the turning point we all spiritually live within.
Jesus the great storyteller is a wonderful observer of life.
He neatly identifies typical human behaviour and separates them out one from the other.
These behaviours are typical. They are common daily activities.
Often not wrong in themselves, but depending upon the way we respond to them determines whether they become springboards for enhancing life or hurdles that hinder us.
Some seed fell on the ground and the birds of the air came and ate them before taking root.
Our life is full of information, some we take and process, others that pass from our life as superfluous, without taking root. Some seed falls on rock like areas of our mind.
Can you think of things that just don’t make sense to you and while you consider them temporarily they are soon forgotten. It’s good to be passionate about things in life. Our energy is absorbed and sometimes great things are accomplished, but if we are not aware, we can become so absorbed in daily life we are swamped by its demands and our inner being is lost in the tangled mess.
On the other hand there are many blessings that come our way and we respond with enthusiasm and thrive in the new opportunities.
A NEW LIFESTYLE
It’s a simple picture than Jesus paints of the complexity of life.
Life is complex and not neatly divided or apportioned as he paints.
It is a complex conglomeration of these types of experiences.
He is encouraging us to develop an awareness of the challenges in each circumstance of life.
There is opportunity for our core spirit to grasp the potential of every new opportunity in whatever we are doing.
This is the call of the spirit. If we find our way forward the growth is assured. For the farmer it could be 30, 60 or as much as a hundred fold. For the farmer of his day it was lucky to be 10 fold.
For the spiritually awakened and active there is no limit to our growth.
It is abundant.
Love, joy, peace, mercy, truth are infinite realms of the human potential.
The abundant living he calls forth from within us is the pathway to divine realms of experience.
It is the realm of the kingdom he personally had come to know so well.
It is kingdom of experience he longs for us to pursue.