‘God demonstrated his compassion through the life of Jesus and he understands you'
Christian Comment with John Thompson minister of Stonehouse Methodist Church
AN EXCELLENT gardener was unimpressed by my vegetable plot.
And when I thought about the beautiful produce in his garden, I had to admit that my efforts left something to be desired.
We were never going to be self sufficient - but at least I had tried.
I had bought the seeds and planted them.
I may not have been so good at the after-care but I had started. Even so, I was quite taken aback when he began uprooting the dwarf beans and pronouncing judgement on them: ‘not worth having’, ‘that’s a weak one’ and other such comments, as he cast the feeble things onto a heap.
Now I know people who think that God is a bit like that: they think God can do everything well, and only ever looks at people with sadness at best, and harsh judgements at worst - so I should tell you the rest of the gardener story.
We went away for three weeks shortly after the above encounter - you can imagine our surprise when we came back to find not only a healthy row of dwarf beans, but also cabbages, sweet corn and sprouts, which we had never planted.
Seeing what a hopeless gardener I was, my friend had taken pity on me, and come to my rescue - he had even left a packet of fertilizer in the back porch, so that we had no excuse for not producing a splendid crop later in the year.
A good friend indeed - and a much truer picture of how God feels towards you and me.
He knows what we are like, and the Bible speaks again and again of a ‘God of compassion’ - something thoroughly demonstrated by the life of Jesus: he shows only understanding whether speaking to the thief on the cross beside him or to the woman caught in adultery.
And he understands you.