Over the weekend our community looked at the famous Mustard Seed concept. The story goes like this:
Jesus calls his disciples to a life of forgiveness and reconciliation, in an attempt to rationalize their inaction, they ask for ‘more faith’. Jesus sees through their attempt at stalling and challenges them to work with what they have, and as a side-note tells them to do it without expecting fanfare and congratulations (we’re not supposed to live life with an Oscar in mind). The story is found in Luke 17:1-10.
All of us took a mustard seed home; the challenge – to plant it. One lady swallowed the mustard seed; she turned to Lollie and said “it’s supposed to grow in me.”
A concept that crossed my path over the last week is Guerilla Gardening.
Guerilla Gardening started in the seventies, it’s an attempt by activists to counter the ever-present industrialization of our cities. These people live their days with seed in their pockets. They drop the seeds in crevasses between pavements, or plant it in garbage filled ground in the inner-city. Every seed is meant to be a project of hope, a story of potential redemption. Anna Hunter describes the effort,
In the barren urban landscape of slate-grey concrete, a single blade of grass poking up through the pavement is a symbol of hope that demonstrates the power of nature to overcome all attempts to suffocate her.
This restorative ability is inspiring activists to take back space from concrete and cars, to re-establish green surroundings and reconnect to our source of life, the land” Gardening as protest.
We are called to be Guerrilla Gardeners, seed sowers in the kingdom of God. A prayer, a smile, a plea for forgiveness, an act of kindness, a generous heart, a sharing of resources, an act of subversion, an email of encouragement, the relieving of debt, sharing a meal – these are all seed in the kingdom gardeners’ arsenal. Seed on!