“Well,” Jesus said, “feel free to walk up and down the aisles. Make a list, see what it is you want, and then come back and we’ll see what we can do for you.”
For the next few minutes she walked through the aisles writing furiously. When she came back to the counter, she had a long list of items that included: peace on earth, no more war, no hunger or poverty, harmony in families, clean air, no more illegal drugs, and careful use of natural resources.
When she handed the list to Jesus, he skimmed through it, smiled at her, and said, “No problem.” Then after rummaging behind the counter for several minutes, he brought out a double-handful of packets and spread them out before her on the counter top.
Puzzled, the lady inquired, “But what are these?” Jesus replied, “Seed packets. This is a catalogue store.” In shock, she asked, “You mean I don’t get the finished product?”
“No,” Jesus explained, “this is a place of dreams. You come and see what it looks like, and I give you the seeds. You go home, plant the seeds, nurture them, help them to grow, and someone else reaps the benefit.”
“Oh,” she said sadly, as she left the store without buying anything.
Master gardener, help us to plant and nurture the seeds You have given us, so that our hungry world might be fed. Amen.
John Paul Carter’s “Notes From the Journey” is a regular feature of Viewpoints.