I’ve noticed myself getting more and more agitated with peoples’ response to the question, “How are you doing?” It has become more and more common for people to answer that question with, “Good, I’m staying Busy.” My personal favorite is when someone else asks me, “How are you doing? Staying Busy?” At what point did this become a regular greeting in our culture? Over the past few years I have challenged this notion by simply answering the question, “Are you stay busy?” with, “No, I’m doing my best not to.” You should see the person’s face when that is my answer.
Jesus challenges our “busy” lives in Mark 4 when he says,“The soil produces crops by itself” (v.28), which means that the grain sprouts BY ITSELF in the soil, grows up and produces the shape God has laid down in it to have. It grows gradually; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head, v. 28. But we are such an impatient people that we don’t have time for gradual growth, and we sure don’t want to leave our lives up to God. We have more noble things to do, things to accomplish, to become, all the while, becoming like Jesus is just something that sounds good in the lyrics to a song.
As we look further into this story about the seeds in Mark 4 we see that our part is to scatter seeds everywhere, and notice when a few of them sprout. As we reach out to others, and see relationships as primary, we move from being consumers whose use work to get things, into people who genuinely care about others.
Prayer: forgive me for living such a busy life. Help me to see others as you see them, and to live out today paying attention to what you up to in my life and the lives of others. Amen