“What is God’s kingdom like? What story can I use to explain it? It is like what happens when a mustard seed is planted in the ground. It is the smallest seed in all the world. But once it is planted, it grows larger than any garden plant. It even puts out branches that are big enough for birds to nest in its shade.”Mark 4:30-32, Contemporary English Version
I went for a blood draw recently and prayed that it would go smoothly. You see, I’m what they call a “difficult draw.” It means the lab person has to poke around to find a good vein while I pray that the needle goes in and stays in.
This time I told myself, “Just have a little faith that all will go well.”
Well, in fact it did. It was a perfect blood draw. She knew just by looking at my arm it would be fine. I didn’t even feel the needle go in.
We both laughed about it and chatted as she finished up. I learned how she had come to visit her parents and saw how many health challenges they were facing. She decided it was best to move here to care for them. She moved to Arizona in May and started working at the clinic in July. I told her what a blessing she was to her parents in their time of need.
We quickly discovered several other interests we had in common. She sounded optimistic about her new life situation. And I felt her skill and good humor had made me hopeful that I could let go of a longstanding fear of blood draws. Leaving the clinic I said to myself, “What a beautiful connection!” I think she felt the same way, too.
It had just taken a little faith. I had only hoped for a good blood draw. God turned a routine appointment into a joy-filled experience for two people brought together for only a brief moment in time.
I believe I caught a glimpse of God’s Kingdom. When I realize all I need is the faith of a tiny mustard seed, it gives me hope that in some small way every day I can be the love of God to anyone who happens into my life.
Take a few quiet moments today with God. As you do, I hope you’ll enjoy this beautiful song by Karen Drucker: I Have Faith.
Loving God, in the most surprising places you show me little glimpses of your Kingdom. How wonderful they are! Keep me in the warm embrace of your Kingdom and grace until the day all is revealed to us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Leeta Mackey lives in Surprise, AZ
I’m a member of Community of Grace’s Prayer Team. You’ll find me walking every day with my Nordic poles looking for fractals in nature.