I find it interesting that Jesus often times preached by telling parables. “This is why I speak in parables, because ‘they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand'” (Matthew 13:13). It reminds me that we are and always will be God’s children. At a young age when we did not necessarily understand societal standards or moral codes, our parents taught them to us via storytelling. A decent bedtime story was not only entertaining, but had a brilliant overarching theme. However, we did not always conscientiously know that we had absorbed this lesson and sometimes we did not fully understand it until we became older.
This is how it is with God’s word and God’s love. Jesus is always at our side, eagerly waiting for us to take His hand and walk with Him to the Father; sometimes even pushing us to do so. Often times however, we do not understand the mystery of His love or we cling instead to the “pleasures” of this world out of impatience. Becoming close to God is not about obtaining a spiritual high, it is about listening to God’s story of love and building a long lasting foundation around it. Growing into a plant that produces an abundance of fruit will take time, patience, and hard work, but in the end we will be able to rejoice with our Lord.
Before I conclude this post I would like to bring to your attention a passage that reminded me of one of my previous posts entitled “Dirty Mouth, Dirty Life.” This is Jesus’ reply to the Pharisees when they questioned why the disciples did not wash their hands before eating, as tradition dictates:
Hear and understand. It is not one’s mouth that defiles that person; but what comes out of the mouth is what defiles one … Do you realize that everything that enters the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled into the latrine? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, unchastity, theft, false witness, blasphemy (Matthew 15:10-11, 17-19).
Guard your hearts and look to the one true source of love for strength.