I believe the parables in Matthew 13 can remind us of who God is and who we are.
As children of God, we are blessed no matter how the circumstances look.
The Kingdom is full of grace, love, joy, and peace that we are welcomed in to enjoy.
Because of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, the Kingdom is always near. And when the Kingdom is near, lives change.
We can bring the peace, grace, love, hope, and joy of the Kingdom here to earth today.
The things that we do, if done in faith, hope, and love, aren’t wasted.
Because of Jesus, we don’t have to follow the prideful path of least resistance, but can live a life of productive beauty with him.
Maybe our grief, sorrow, mourning, and heartbreak isn’t for nothing; in fact, maybe it can be used to glorify God.
Even when things look bleak, we can trust in God’s word and promises because he is our good and loving father.
We live in a far from perfect world, yet we can choose a different story than Jonah did.