Spiritual discernment is mysterious, much of it occurring beneath the surface where we cannot observe it. The Listening Hearts program is organic, with parallels in nature that are reassuring. We must till the soil, scatter the seeds, and water the land. Yet, of ourselves we cannot make the seeds grow. Often, we do not know which ones are taking root. At first, the seeds lie hidden in darkness. In time, tiny plants develop; some push their way through the soil and flourish. Eventually, healthy ones re-seed to produce still more plants. The circle brings forth bounty, suggesting that if we sow the seeds of spiritual discernment, we can trust God to produce the harvest.
Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”
Mark 4:26-29 (NRSV)
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