“Jesus said, ‘What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.’” (Luke 13:18-19)
I have just finished putting away my garden containers, and I am already making plans for next year. A mid-summer visit to my patio would explain how much I enjoy container gardening. Years ago my mother-in-law taught me the thriller-spiller-filler formula and I love to experiment with unique combinations. The thriller is an upright showy plant with large blooms that create a splash of color. The spiller plant vines and drapes over the edge of the container while the filler plant completes the arrangement with showy foliage.
LimÃ³n Talinum, also known as Fameflower or Jewels of Opar, is a tempting filler. Its brilliant chartreuse foliage is perfect for purple, dark blue or hot pink partners. Its delicate wiry flower stalks remind me of Baby's Breath. The plant produces minute hot pink flowers (the size of a pin head) that are followed by carmine-colored seed pods. Don't be fooled by the delicate beauty of this plant. LimÃ³n Talinum has the ability to produce hundreds of tiny fruits that self-seed prolifically. Plants pop up everywhere - in patio pavers, in landscape rock and even in nearby containers!
Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a tiny seed. The tiny mustard seed produces a plant that takes over the garden and becomes a home for the birds. We might feel as though our daily routines have little eternal significance. However, Jesus teaches us that His Spirit transforms small acts of kindness and compassion into eternal outcomes in His Kingdom.