I had a pretty powerful moment this week that I wanted to share with you. I don’t know about you, but after coming off of vacation this week, and hearing the news (we were completely out of touch for the last few weeks) I was overwhelmed. I am getting to the point where I wince every time I turn on the news because I am afraid of what I may hear. There are many tears to be shed these days.
Against this background of sadness and fear in the world, we had an amazing VBS this week. As Lynn Scott mentioned, it was such a joy to see the kids play in the garden and be enthralled with worms and mud and plants. It was fabulous to see their joyful depictions of God’s beautiful creation. The energy that the kids poured into everything they did was delightful and infectious. This week came as a powerful reminder that as dark as the world may seem at times, there is always hope. There is always joy. There are always new seeds being planted that can lead to a better tomorrow.
One of our scriptures this week was the parable of the mustard seed. In Mark’s version, we are reminded that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed. In these past days and weeks, it hasn’t been hard to imagine that, indeed, the kingdom of heaven is as small as a mustard seed. However, as was said by Papa Cedar in the skits this week, “You know the thing about seeds don’t you? They Grow.” Yes, at times the kingdom of heaven seems to be minuscule compared to the darkness in the world around us…BUT, it is growing! And when we see the way those seeds are growing in kids like the ones we were playing with this week, it is easy to have hope. Thank God for VBS. Thank God for the hope that these kids bring.