Monday, September 13, 2010

And One More Thing

As I planted the mustard greens this evening, holding the tiny seeds in my hand and then sprinkling them into the black dirt, I thought as I always do when planting mustards of the quote from the Bible which goes something like this:

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

And I wondered to myself why in the world people hang onto that verse when, as far as I know, no matter how large anyone's faith has been in the history of the universe, a mountain has never removed itself to yonder place.

Why isn't it enough that when I plant that tiny seed a sprout arises from the dirt which grows into a spicy plant which will feed me all winter long?

Another mystery which I will ponder as my faith in the planting of a mustard seed and receiving a mustard plant is rewarded with reality again.


  1. It must be a parable or something like that. The Bible is filled with lots of metaphors and parables. I like the idea that a plant grows from a seed. That seems enough to me. Mountains move by plate tectonics. I get that.

  2. This is the best bedtime story I've ever been told. Thank you.

  3. But we do move mountains. All the time.

    I just read an article by ajournalist father, whose second daughter was recently born wiht Down's Syndrome. And how they're coming to deal with it. That's a mountain that he's moved.

    Anyway. Hebrew... seven possible translations for every sentence, I heard... how can we trust anything the bible says!

  4. It was a damn parable. Syd is right. The morons out there who want to interpret the Bible literally really get to me.

    And yes, I am a wee tad grouchy this morning. Go figure.

    Love you!

  5. Syd- Of course it is but for me, the very miracle of seeds is better than any parable. But that's just me.

    Elizabeth- I hope you had sweet dreams.

    Jo- But it is not faith which moves them. It is huge and vast energy, directed and focused.

    Ms. Bastard-Beloved- Love you too, my precious friend.

  6. i am still loving the image of the seed in your grandmothers wedding ring...


  7. It's a powerful one, though - you remember it, and back when I was still a miniature religious nutcase, it was one of my favourites somehow.

  8. rebecca- It's not going anywhere.

    Mwa- Miniature religious nutcase? I love that!


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