Only God makes things grow

“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
The last couple of days I have been think a lot about this parable. It is one of my favourites in the bible and I often reflect over it. I think most of us can recognize ourselves in Jesus’ words. Sometimes, when everyday stress seems to take over my life I wonder if I’m not like the seeds which fell among thorns. Then there are moments when I feel really blessed doing God’s work – being God’s servant.
The last week or so I have been just about everywhere telling people about the Holy Communion Service in the Cathedral handing out information left and right. Yesterday I stood in front of 2000 student all together when I had presentations at Lund University General Information Meeting. Looking out on all those face I can’t help but wonder how many of them really listen to what I said. Still I know from experience, because people have told me so, that among those 2000 faces there were some people who really wanted the information I was giving them. We also had a table at the General Information Market where volunteers helped me to hand out information. So in the coming weeks we will see what happens. I planted the seed, my wonderful volunteers watered it….but only God makes things grow!