"To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade."
Some people wonder why I don’t pull the flowers up
that sprout from the cracks in the pavement and driveway alongside the rectory.
When I couldn’t tell the difference between
Weed and wildflower seedlings
I did pull everything up.
In fact, I sometimes even sprayed to prevent anything from growing.
But one plant I have been trying to establish
Is the self-sowing petunia.
It’s more difficult than you would think.
After a couple of years of carefully planting, and cultivating the beds I had prepared for them to grow, where did they eventually spring up?
From the cracks!
I figured if they were able to survive in the cracks, maybe they were the best to allow to self-sow;
I began protecting them.
I’ve always had a hard time
Pulling up a beautiful flower
just because it has decided to grow
In the wrong place
And when I learned to tell what each wildflower seedling looked like,
I just had to leave them to grow too.
Every morning as I pass the
Blossoms in the concrete
I’m challenged to be mindful
That good things can grow
Even where they weren’t deliberately planted
in fact, they might be the best and only hope.
To be sure the whole garden needs protection
Even the tallest, most venerable shade tree.
But they usually have vocal supporters who can
Network and protest; They even have their own commission.
It's the seedlings above all that must be protected
Especially in a Christian community
And especially in the seed bed of a school.
All our seedlings need to be safe...
Even those that are sometimes
A bit different, disorderly
Or out of line.