More Than We Can Imagine

Scripture Passage: Matthew 13:33

Jesus also used this illustration: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”

Matthew 13:33 NLT

Our family has a unique tradition. On the morning of someone’s birthday, we eat birthday cake for breakfast.

It all got started when Evan, our son, turned two-years-old. That morning, Evan asked, “Hey, where’s my cake?”

He remembered we ate birthday cake for Jesus’ birthday on Christmas morning, just two months earlier. Evan assumed that’s how we celebrated all birthdays.  

I didn’t want to disappoint him, so we ate birthday cake for breakfast, and we’ve done it every birthday since! 

Evan prepares to blow out his candles on the morning of his 14th birthday.

What I thought was a small way to help Evan understand the meaning of Christmas, turned into a bigger tradition than I imagined.

But we often underestimate the power of small beginnings. 

In the Parable of the Leaven, Jesus taught that just as we don’t see the work of leaven until bread rises, we often don’t initially see the work of God in our lives.

I don’t know about you, but I often get frustrated when what I think should be happening in life – isn’t. I don’t like it when God doesn’t solve my problems or correct injustices.

But Jesus assures us that our Heavenly Father is always at work. Like leaven, God’s Kingdom is unstoppable and permeates everything.

The question becomes: will we allow God to fill every part of us while we wait for Him to do more than we imagine? 

Laura and her son, Evan

About the Author:

Laura Lacey Johnson is the author of 10-Second Prayers to Transform Your Life: From the Parables of Jesus. In addition to writing, she is a speaker at conferences and churches. To watch Laura’s video devotionals, or to download your FREE copy of 3 Little-Known Reasons Christianity Transformed the World, visit her website at  

Published by Laura Lacey Johnson

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