By the time you read this we will be in the TRINITY season of the Church’s year. Good Friday, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost (Whit) are over and so we settle down for a long relatively uneventful season until Advent (2nd December) starts the new church year. I say “uneventful”, but this is probably the wrong word. The liturgical colour green is used in Trinity and that suggests life and growth. The point is that we can grow spiritually without necessarily the big festivals of Christmas, Easter, and all the rest, though of course these have their proper place. Sometimes those big festivals can seem a bit of a roller-coaster affording only limited time for sustained reflection.
I think Christians need to be in for the long haul: to be willing to sustain faith and worship in a steady way. It is often in taking the long view that we find comfort and a sense of direction.
Jesus spoke of the seed which grew secretly.
“The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
— Mark 4:26-29
I don’t think we should interpret this to mean we do nothing to help the seed to grow. That would be entirely foreign to farmers. But it does mean that we should allow time for growth, and that we should allow God to speak to us in the ordinary routine things of life. I am often surprised how very routine things can take on unexpected significance and can speak volumes to us.
Maybe this Trinity season, and the summer, be a time of growth in all things fruitful.