Rector's Ramblings:October 11th 2020




     It’s turned cold but we’re still into harvest thanksgiving. Harvest has led me to think about seeds and their finished product: specifically carrot seeds and carrots. Carrot seeds are tiny – join 2 full stops together and that’s the size you’re looking at. Yet within that tiny seed is all the potential of a big juicy carrot. I see it all as the most amazing miracle. There’s a Walter de la Mare poem that goes like this and perhaps expresses best my feeling of miracle:

“The seeds I sowed –

For week unseen –

Have pushed up pygmy

Shoots of green;

So frail you’d think

The tiniest stone

Would never let

A glimpse be shown.

But no; a pebble

Near them lies,

At least a cherry-stone

In size,

Which that mere sprout

Has heaved away,

To bask in sunshine,

See the Day.”

   Alongside miracle though, I feel the long journey between seed planting and the finished crop is a reminder that many things (perhaps the best) take time to grow and mature. We are instant-agers so this idea of slow growth is hard to take sometimes. We want everything ‘now’. We expect to be able to have whatever we want at the click of a mouse; we expect our politicians to have the solution to Covid just like that when we are all on unknown territory.

    Seed time and harvest: watching and waiting to see, without knowing very often what the harvest will be like. St Paul wrote this: “Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. 29-30 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son.” (The Message)

  In the short term, it may all look confusing. Many times we have expectations about experiences in life that can twist to disappointment. But, in the long term, as St Paul says: “we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Every detail – the good and the difficult, the joy and the worry.  Let’s learn to take each day and just do the next step, trusting God to help us: he can turn disaster to delight. Remember the power of the seed in de la Mare’s poem – how much more the power of the seed of God’s love which is planted in each one of us. Hang on in there for the long haul! I trust the one day we will see the growth and harvest of the good.

Lord, help us to learn to listen to you, to lean on you and trust you. Amen