Week of June 13, 2021
Scripture: Mark 4:26-34
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
(Mark 4:33-34, NRSV)
When my youngest child was three, my mother-in-law was visiting and was sitting in the back with her as I drove us all somewhere. They were having an intense conversation about something and my mother-in-law was trying super hard to understand my daughter's toddler-esque speech patterns. My daughter, seeing at some point that she was not getting her meaning across, paused in the conversation and then barked in a loud voice to her devoted grandmother, "Do ya get it or do ya don't?"
(If I had a dollar for every time my wonderful mother-in-law re-tells this story, and always with the exact indignant inflection that her small progeny used. 🙂 )
In the earlier verses of Mark 4, there is definitely a "do ya get it or do ya don't?" vibe from Jesus as regards the parables. He has so much to impart to these earthly fishermen, and he is trying to elevate their thinking, and it seems they stay in the "don't get it" category more often than not. But don't we all?
We have so much to learn, and how blessed we are to have a chance to learn it! The Kin-dom of God gets deeper and fuller and bigger and wider the more you lean into it, and there is always more to learn, another layer to peel back, another opinion to consider, another level of meaning and understanding. We bring ourselves to the teachings of Jesus, and every time we are different because time has passed, life has unfolded a bit more, and we comprehend things a little differently. We live, we learn, we seek again and again, and God's word is always fresh and ready to meet us where we are and speak to us anew. How blessed we are!
(Note: Precious though the above photo is, that is not actually my daughter. 🙂 )
God of all wisdom, instill in us again the desire for you and your nurturing, challenging word. May we never stop learning, and may we always be thankful. Amen.
Lyricist and Poet
Christ United Methodist Church