Katherine Henson, penning as k.e. She self-published her first book, “wildflowers: the first collection” in 2016. Katherine has been writing for as long as she can remember, and it is both her love language and preferred choice of communication. For Katherine, writing has been a way to escape and discover; through body image issues, depression, anxiety, and loss Katherine has used her words as a way to be honest with herself, while also helping others understand that they are not alone.

"...on earth as it is in heaven..."

What if we only heard Jesus' calling as a "future" Kingdom and not as the "now and not yet" Kingdom?

Let's look at one of the parables...

He put another parable before them, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’
— Matthew 13:31-32

To me, this one is the easiest to see in terms of a future Kingdom. The smallest of seeds takes time to grow. It takes time to sprout and become the largest in the garden. We can sow and water and sow and water that littlest seed. Tend to its roots as if they were our own heart. And that is exactly what we are called to do. We are called to cultivate the Kingdom come. The Kingdom grows from the planting of the gospel in hearts of men. The Word of Christ from small beginnings can cause enormous growth and have influence attracting people to Christ from far afield. This is represented by the birds coming to nest in the branches.

So, we can see that largest tree as the Kingdom of just the future - of where we end up. Or we can look at the process of Kingdom-come from this parable. It should be impossible for this tiniest of seeds to grow in to anything... but it does. It is the promise of the Kingdom come. BUT, if the Kingdom-come is that largest tree, then the Kingdom is still here today as we sow and water and sow and water. We are not merely sharing the word of Christ for a future hope, but for today. Yes, our hope is that Heaven will come down, and the Kingdom will reign rightfully. But the Kingdom is still here today. We are still preparing. We have to present in this day as we sow and water and sow and water the Kingdom so that this tiniest little seed beats the impossible odds of growing at all. 

The journey to Kingdom-come matters. The sowing and watering and sowing and watering. It matters.

You are not oiling the wheels of a machine that’s about to roll over a cliff. You are not restoring a great painting that’s shortly going to be thrown into the fire. You are not planting roses in a garden that’s about to be dug up for a building site. You are—strange though it may seem, almost as hard to believe as the resurrection itself—accomplishing something that will become in due course part of God’s new world. Every act of love, gratitude, and kindness; every work of art or music inspired by the love of God and delight in the beauty of his creation; every minute spent teaching a severely handicapped child to read or to walk; every act of care and nurture, of comfort and support, for one’s fellow human beings and for that matter one’s fellow nonhuman creatures; and of course every prayer, all Spirit-led teaching, every deed that spreads the gospel, builds up the church, embraces and embodies holiness rather than corruption, and makes the name of Jesus honored in the world—all of this will find its way, through the resurrecting power of God, into the new creation that God will one day make.
— N.T. Wright in Surprised by Hope

Anxiety and a church visit.

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