In which there are a mini-parable, silly humans, and a daisy

by Craig on June 16, 2011


These people had a job to do. We assume they were capable of doing the job. We know their job was to keep watch over a family while the head of the family was away.

We assume that the head of a family isn’t going to leave his family to be watched over by an incapable group of people.

But to be honest, all people are human – silly humans.

This is just a story. It’s not a real person leaving, or real people watching a real family. It’s a mini parable – a one line parable.

It’s told in a single bible verse, wrapped up with some other verses that we’ve heard a lot of in the last couple of weeks.

A guy predicts for the second time in 25 years that the Rapture is on the way – complete with day and hour. I remember the first time he did it.

As a new Christian at the time I wasn’t armed with enough information yet to wrap my head around the idea. So I did what I always do. I studied Scripture.

By the end of a couple of days I knew that the poor man’s math was off, and I knew these verses up ahead, and I got the message of the verses clearly as a newly washed window.

Just be ready at any time.

But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch. (MK 13:32-34)

The Master has left us behind. We know he’s coming back. He entrusts us with responsibility to behave well while he’s gone. He entrusts us to protect what is his while he’s off on the business of ordering the entire universe.

But to be honest, all people are human …

silly humans.

How does he have so much patience with us?

Oh, and by the way, tucked in near the end of these verses…

Did you notice that daisy?

“…he leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his work…” (MK 13:34)

The people left behind had “work” to perform.

That’s clearly a green daisy.
We have stuff to do.
We do it.
It’s just stuff.
It needs to get done.
Nothing to see here…
just move along…
just people doing their thing…
just doing their “work”…


The daisy only has a hint of white in it because not all of those left behind are preparing for the Masters return. All of them (read us) are entrusted, but as we saw a few weeks ago not all are on the job.

A green daisy with a hint of white.

The tally so far…
•    Three green daisies (just things done)
•    Two white daisies (good works)
•    a hint of yellow daisy (work of the law of Moses)

Next up – a white daisy that we aren’t even going to count…

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

A. June 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

Craig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOWLING at that first picture! Haven’t even gotten past that yet!!!! So funny! (and yes, I know men who work hard, too, but still, that is SOOO funny!!!!!) OK, calm down, now, A. Click “Submit” and go back and finish reading. Ok.


A. June 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Calmed down and finished reading….very curious about tomorrow’s white daisy, and also helped by the fact that we all have green daisy work to do and it has its place, too. How do we describe the value of green daisy work? How we approach or handle it no doubt affects our growth in Christ-likeness, at a minimum. What else?


Craig June 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I know it sounds simple A. But I measure everything’s spiritual effectiveness against the criteria of 1st Corinthians 13. We are in the world – even though not of it – so some things have very little to do with spiritual stuff – maybe most things – even though if we are of God the spirit enters lots more than we may think – that’s why I think that every green Daisy runs the spectrum between green with a lot of white to green with a lot of black to all the different shades in between. Maybe when I finish picking through all the daisies, and I have a context for all of them – then I can put together a better answer. Hope that’s enough for now. God bless you A.


Cora June 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I think I’m getting to like green daisies. I really don’t like it when people make a big spiritual thing about the vacuum cleaner and doing the dishes. Yes, I know the Bible says that I’m supposed to do all things to the glory of God. So I scrub my dishes clean. No egg left hardened and no cheese in my forks. But it’s just stuff I do every single day of my life and believe me, my mind is a million miles away when I’m doing it. It’s definitely NOT a pure white daisy for me, not yellow (not a law thing), and not black (not a bad thing) —– what’s the other color???? I need my daisy chart!


Craig June 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I say that cleaning your forks so diligently is a pretty straight down the middle green daisy. Just sayin :) God Bless you Cora.


A. June 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Cora, that is a great idea! A visual daisy chart! You and Dawn are really getting this thing organized for us and Craig is filling in the blanks! I think you are right-no need to spiritualize the green daisies.


Debbie June 17, 2011 at 12:00 am

Hi A and Cora! Thank you for discussing the green daisies, that they have their place, not bad and not super spiritual. Got it! My daughter and I rode a little train at the part today and beside the tracks I saw one lone purple daisy. Of course I had to think of Craig and this study! Purple ones were the work that Jesus did, miracles. Was that the other one you were thinking about Cora?
Thank you Craig and God bless you for letting us chat this out together! :)
And I’m with A . . .that joke was funny. And I’d even heard it before. :)


A. June 17, 2011 at 7:24 am

Debbie, we will never look at daisies the same way again, will we?


Craig June 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I truly heart the metaphor of daisies for works. I think it’s perfect. Which means it didn’t come from me :-) and I heart, too, when things get chatted about in the comments – that’s where I learn some of the best stuff. God bless you Debbie.


thefisherlady June 20, 2011 at 12:59 am

“A”, I was thinking that too…Craig, will we ever look at daisies the same way!? Love it! Thanks Craig for the bouquet of surprises! I just love bouquets, and I love surprises.
My fields are filled with white daisies, only wild white daisies, but I do hope to find some purple ones along my path… if I wait till late spring, the purple asters [kind of like daisies] will remind me of all the many miracles, day by day, God brings my way.
Happy bouquet picking…


Craig June 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm

you know, Susan, even though I’m not really counting the purple daisies – they now mean something special to me to. Funny how that works (no pun intended). This trip through the daisy field is going to yield some very, very surprising results I think. It already has. Thank you, thank you, and God bless and keep you!


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