Secret Societies - June 17th, 2018
When I was young we did not have JK Rowling and Harry Potter. We didn’t even have David Walliams or Roald Dahl. What we did have was Enid Blyton. I was bored rigid by Noddy and Big Ears but when she wrote about The Secret Seven this was right up my street. The Secret Seven were a secret society who held regular meetings and organized things to do. They solved mysteries that turned up. They had secret passwords, badges. They even had a secret headquarters even if it was just the garden shed.
With Scamper the golden retriever they had such interesting lives. They tackled all sorts of mysteries from missing dogs to mail robbery, and always came out on top. They shadowed people, interviewed people and looked for clues. To a young lad this was inspirational stuff and I wrote 6 identical letters which I sent off to specially selected friends, inviting them to join me in becoming our own Secret Seven. Sadly the only one that turned up to the inaugural meeting was a dog. And he bit me, so that was the end of that.
With rather more success than I managed Jesus invited his disciples to join the Seed Growing Secretly Society. I don’t suppose it was anything like the other secret societies of the time that plotted violent counter reprisals agains the Roman who had invaded their country. These were impatient people and they wanted to get things done. Jesus was all for getting things done, but there was a time and a place. And sometimes you just had to sow seeds quietly and secretly and trust God that while you are asleep in bed he is awake and doing his stuff.
If impatience gets the better of you then maybe it’s time to join this society.
He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.
Lord, it’s all very well to talk about impatience, but sometimes things move ever so slowly, and you just want to get things done. I suppose you are going to tell me now that being less impatient and more trusting can bring surprising results… I knew it! Amen.