While mustard seeds have claimed their share of culinary attention for centuries, they have also provided spiritual imagery across many religious traditions. In the 5th century BCE, Siddhartha told a story of a grieving mother who was asked to bring a mustard seed to the Buddha for every family she could find that had never suffered a loss. Unable to find any, she realised she should not remain selfish in her grief.
The Koran states that on the Day of Judgment, the scales of justice will be established and no soul will suffer the least injustice. Even the equivalent of a mustard seed will be accounted for by the efficient and just God.
And in the Christian New Testament, Christ Jesus speaks of the kingdom of heaven as "like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field; which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches." Matthew 13:31, 32
Jesus parable instructs as to the innate power - the spiritual sense - that belongs to each one of God's children. Already planted in each of us, spiritual sense is developing right where we feel our understanding and faith is "the least". It leads us to the fact that our spirituality is actually "the greatest." A grain of the truth of God, and of man as His reflection, "contains a divine energy and indestructible vitality, so that from its humblest beginnings it expands to embrace and bless the world." ( See the "mustard seed" references in Berenice Shotwell's Getting Better Acquainted with your Bible)
Later in the day, walking back up the same street to take the metro to catch a train home, I was feeling burdened by a case. I felt like I didn't know how to pray my way, or the patient's way, out of a paper bag. My understanding of God felt insignificant and small. Then I remembered my morning thoughts of God's immense love. That seed of understanding had already been planted. I needed to trust the divine energy and indestructible vitality of God's immense love and let it expand in my heart and bless the patient. Love planted the seed of this understanding in me. Divine Love was nurturing the growth of the seed. Of course it would bear fruit, because Love was the husbandman.
By the time I was home, the patient was healed.
- Don't underestimate your spiritual sense. God has planted it in you. You have the discernment that permits you to know God and demonstrate His power.
- Watch the birds of the air that try to lodge in your branches. Not every bird, or thought, is worthy of residence in your experience. Ravens of fear, doubt, distrust, insignificance and burden - like the raven Noah sent out - are distracted by problems, lose sight of God and become tangled and swamped. Dove thoughts of purity, peace, hope and faith stay focused on God and the proof of His power and Love. They never miss out on that proof because it is all they are purpose built to see. You won't either. You are purpose built to heal and to be healed.