Keys have been deposited for us in different places. Our Master told so many parables about fishing with nets, sheep and goats, baking bread, buried treasure hidden in a field, etc. We have to explore those things, because our Master left treasures hidden in all those little cracks and crevasses for our instruction.
Our Master must have brooded over these things so that keys, directions, and instructions would be left for us, so that we could consider the things that were spoken, and our Father could stimulate prophecy to come forth from it. Through this we can respond, and the secret can actually come out of the words and become a life that brings forth the sprout that grows into the tree.
A mustard seed just does what a seed does. It doesn’t consider how everything is going to happen, “OK, how is it going to happen? I’m just a tiny little seed, and there’s this stuff inside of me, and then there’s dirt over there, and there’s this stuff inside of the dirt. OK, let me see whether I can figure out how it’s all going to work for this tree thing to come about… But, no, I don’t see it! The tree is just not going to happen. I may as well just sit here on the pavement and bake in the sun as a stubborn, rebellious mustard seed.”
That spirit can come to each one of us. Our Master made comparisons like this so many times in order to speak to men’s hearts. With the mustard seed there are forces at work that we don’t understand. But there’s one thing that we can understand: A seed is worthless unless it goes into the ground and dies. You may look at a seed and say, “What good is this thing anyway?” But in the purpose of that seed we can understand the greatest question that the entire world wonders: What am I created for?
The answer is there in that little mustard seed. We’re created to go into the ground and die. And if we do, amazing things can happen through things that we just can’t understand. There are forces at work in the soil and in the air. Amazing things can take place through the simple obedience of the seed just doing what it’s created to do. It’s so encouraging that it’s that way. That tiny little insignificant nothing… it’s a very uncomplicated structure, but it goes into the ground and dies, and amazing things come forth.