The Mustard Seed and The Mountains

So, I’ve been working hard to produce blog number 4, but decided this one would be a video blog.

Turns out that much easier said than done.

Partly because of my vanity (and fear!) and partly because video is a whole different beast.

The important part is, all these technical difficulties are giving me a lot more time to really meditate on the next message I want to bring to you.

Here’s a teaser –

At 10 years old, I would wake up every morning and run to the living room windows to check on the set of mountains across the lake fro our house.

Every morning, I was expecting them to be in a slightly different place.

I would literally “measure” my view of them like a surveyor, just to make sure they hadn’t moved even a little bit.

“What an odd thing to do!” you might think quizzically.

But to me, it made perfect sense.

See, I had learned this scripture for the first time that began to change my view on the world, my life, and my role in it all.

Matthew 17 tells a story about a time when the disciples of Jesus were praying for a demon to be cast out of a boy.

It didn’t work until Jesus himself stepped in and did it.

The disciples asked Jesus why it didn’t work when they tried to do it and his reply (in vs. 20) was:

“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”(NIV)

And so, there I stood in my living room looking at those mountains and praying for them to move.

Every morning when I woke up and they still hadn’t moved, I began to wonder, how could I possibly have more faith?

I REALLY believed those mountains were going to be in a different place one morning. I thought.

I never told anyone about my mountain-moving attempts though, because I knew they would think I was foolish.

And eventually, when they still didn’t move, I gave up.

So, how was this seemingly disappointing result instrumental in how I live my life right now?

You’ll have to wait to Part 2 to find out.

But have you ever heard that scripture? Or another philosophy or school of thought that would agree with this principle?

I’d love to hear your thoughts…

 

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