Do you struggle with the concept of faith? I know I do. I think of faith in all capital letters: FAITH. As though it is a huge work that I have to do before experiencing good things such as grace, hope or love. I think of it as a feeling that I have to create inside myself before I can move forward.
I am so thankful that Jesus explained it very clearly in His analogy of the mustard seed. He said that if we even have a tiny bit of faith, even the size of a mustard seed, that we could do huge things like move mountains. Mountains are something I am very familiar with. It seems as though every time I turn around, there is another mountain of a problem in my way. When I choose to believe that God can do all things, and choose to have the tiniest crumb of faith, He always does amazing things. Now, the awesome thing about God, is that He will always work things out for the good of us who love Him, but I feel like I grow closer to Him in the times that I relinquish all my worries and simply trust Him first.
This whole tiny faith concept makes me think of snowballs. They technically start as a single little flake of snow, but as you roll them, they grow quickly. Snow can even become an avalanche. What if God wants to take your little bit of faith, my little bit of faith, and turn it into an avalanche of faith? After all, isn’t an avalanche like a mountain moving?
Think about what could happen if each of us had faith like that, if we could trust God that much. I know my life would look different. I would have far fewer worries and I would stop wasting so much energy on the, “what ifs.” Then I could have real trust, which as an unknown author said, “Bounces on eager toes of anticipation–laughs with pure delight of knowing in whom it believes–rests easy on whom it waits.”
“”Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”” Mark 11:22-24