Friday: 1st February, 2019

Reference text: Mark 4:26-34

Mark 4:28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

In hospital, for the treatment of pain, appropriate analgesia can be readily prescribed and administered without much trouble. However, in the case of cytotoxic medication, there are extra considerations and even protocols that have to be followed to the letter because of the mode of action of these drugs. Therefore, ignoring the set order, puts patients in greater danger.

The process of growth observed after a seed is placed in the ground, ought to give us an idea of what the word of God seeks to drive home today. First there is a planting, then a blade emerges, followed by an ear before the full grain in the ear. A closer look at the entire process reveals a degree of interdepence, such that no subsequent stage of growth will be present without the former.

However, for reasons that are often difficult to express, many of people in this generation do not appreciate process or sequence. A stepwise approach in the right order is seen as nothing but an absolute waste of time. We prefer to skip queues, avoid all the challenges and don’t really care if we miss out on the experiences along the way, as long as we find our way to the top.

Sweetheart, we may think process exists to slow us down, but they are in place a reason and very often, very good reasons. No seed emerges out of the ground the first time as a finished product. It establishes some anchorage, emerges, braces the elements and produces whole grain. It starts from the bottom and goes up. So do not disregard the starting point and the process that follows, they are for your own growth.


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