Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it. (Luke 13:18-19)

Have you acquired a taste for mustard? Most would not think of eating a hot dog without gobs of mustard. about for okra? I'm a Yankee transplant in the Deep South. My Mom never cooked okra, so it took a while for me to choose it for my menu; now, I'm hooked. I know boiled is far better for my for my health but I prefer it fried. Okra begins as a tiny seed.

With ample time, after planting and germination, the okra grows and grows. I'm 5 feet tall and I have picked okra at eye level from plants. It is reminiscent of Jack and his beanstalk. The imagery shared by Jesus is wonderful. It is easy for me to visualize a sparrow atop a branch of the miracle-grow mustard seed tree. Focusing on the growth and outreach of the kingdom of God, I worship him.

Almighty Father, I worship you. I pray for your kingdom to come and your will to be done. In Jesus name. Amen.


Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth’s The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.