A Trial to Greatness
What significance does one human individual bring to the world among billions? Have you ever asked yourself what difference you're making in your career?
I know for myself, working in fast-food over the weekends can be a great challenge. There are so many tasks, and what seems like many unappreciative customers, even though you're trying your best to make things go smooth. I find myself asking God: 'what is the point in this challenge? What will this job bring me for my future?' However, though it is difficult, God has shown me through this trial that I enjoy helping people, and being encouraging to others when it's a struggle. Without this trial, I may never have discovered this about myself.
This song by Citizen way: 'All things', helps us realize that God is with us through every trial, no matter the outcome. In today's Gospel, Jesus talks to us about the significance of a mustard seed. He talks about the Kingdom of God, stating: "It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade " (Mark 4:31_32). This is a passage that has always been difficult for me to understand. However, when I think closely at the metaphor used, each one of us is like a simple mustard seed. Through every trial we are given, every chance for growth, we begin to become 'the greatest of shrubs' , through experience and guidance from God. We each grow to do great things and have an impact on this world. Through even the toughest of trials, or what seems like a never- ending work day, just remember that God is with you in all things, and is giving you the opportunity for spiritual growth. You're a mustard seed now, but you're going to be a great shrub. As the old song goes, "Great things happen, when God mixes with us"!
Today's prayer comes from the website 'A Daily Prayer'. a Prayer During our Trials:
Father, it is not by mistake but by Your design that we experience the detours of life that give us perspective in a way that nothing else does. Though we see others who travail in difficulty, it is particularly difficult when we ourselves experience tough terrain that we seek to understand Your purpose for the trial we are enduring. Help us to persevere in the midst of uncertainty and unfamiliar landscape. May we find joy in the simple pleasures we overlooked when life’s journey was routine and uninterrupted by the surprise bends in the road or difficult detours that bring about delay or a change of plans. May the testing of our faith bring about maturity and give us a new perspective that makes us stronger in our faith and more effective in our witness to those around us. May they see a grateful spirit in us even as we undergo difficulty so that we glorify Your name rather magnify our problems. Amen.