Here Comes The Son

May 13, 2015
by Rod Marshall

Luke 13:18-19 – He said therefore, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches." (ESV)

At a supermarket recently, I found shelving on which were displayed some seeds to sow for annual flowers. I had wanted to plant some sweet peas for the garden to improve the soil and to grow something that was colourful and that will stand a fighting chance of growing up behind my crocosmia bulbs, which are already belligerently in shoot and several inches tall.

Anyway, later, I was in the garden emptying the packets of seeds into my hand, ready for planting, when I was struck by the details and flowchart data shown on the back of the packets. These depicted the best times to plant the seeds and when they would flower. It gave information about what was the best type of soil, how far apart to sow seeds, and what was the best aspect for them to grow in. Sweet peas love sunshine.

I was reminded that God has picked each one of us. We are not left sitting on the shelf. By the power of the Holy Spirit, God has put new life in us, so that, at the right time, we may bring forth flower and fruit for the kingdom and a smile to the face of God. We are planted and grow to bring Him delight, no matter what our circumstance. Some, like me, have had a shaky start to life, and needed pruning, replanting, or some cosseting, but eventually, He has planted us out, superficially vulnerable in the world. We may face the extremes of heat or cold, grief or joy, hardship or favour, but being deeply rooted in Him, we will never be left untended and alone, because the Son shines on us, and this causes us to grow.

So let us bathe in His effulgence, reach up, and grow today towards Jesus, our cultivator and giver of life, to honour His name, and in due time, to blossom and bear fruit.

Prayer: Lord, we thank You that Your signature and creativity is evident in the world around us, seen and unrecognized. We rejoice in the mystery of a creator God Who has chosen each one of us. We give You the praise and the glory today, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Rod Marshall <roderickmarshall@yahoo.com>
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Rod, I really like this piece — thought provoking.


    So true Rod. I’m among those who’ve needed the pruning also.


    Rod, wonderful analogy. Today is overcast and dreary here. The image of bright flowers is uplifting. The image of each of us being like bright flowers and brightening the lives of others with God’s light, warms my heart. Thank you for reminding me that God is a good gardener and staying in His Son’s light and love is very beneficial for my present and future. Your devotional is a gift from God and is ripe with lessons for each one of us. May God continue to use you to bless others. God bless you and your loved ones.


    Love it. Thanks, Rod.
    Just finished planting sweet pea seeds too. I aim for a perennial garden – less work – but delight in the added colours that annuals bring.
    May God shine in your day. 🙂


    Hi Rod. This devotional is especially appropriate as right now we have a 12-year-old granddaughter who is struggling with being adopted, being a middle child, defiance, etc. We know she is a gift from God and we know that God placed her within our family for a reason. And so, I especially appreciated your words. Hope all is well with you, your daughters, and Caroline.


    A lovely devotional, Rod. Blessings abundant as you continue to share your thoughts in this way.


    Thank you, Ron for a well thought-out devotional. The meaning of the seeds needing sun with the analogy of us needing the Son was so exciting! He gives us such growth so we will become more like Him. God bless you — real good.


    Well said, Rod. Also a gardener, I enjoyed your devotional. As the creator God made things to grow physically, He desires us to grow spiritually. May God richly bless you.


    Dear Rod,
    I always get a lift reading your contributions.
    Blessings and joy.

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