Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Faith as small as a mustard seed

It’s been since May readers. I have been busy lately but enjoying every second of it. A few days ago, I was in the grocery store and came across mustard seed in the seasoning section. It was a reminder of the verse in the bible. Matt 17:20 says: He replied, “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.” A mustard seed is very small. In life, there are many mountains that come our way. Some can be small, when others seem difficult to move. Nothing is too big for our God. Whatever is impossible in our eyes is possible with God. God knows what is going to happen today, tomorrow and yesterday. He is in complete control of our life. It is our human nature to want to be in control. Many times we try to take control of a situation when it only will make things worse. We have to learn that God is in control and he always knows what is best even when we don’t understand. I wanted to share a story that I read in my devotion yesterday that spoke to me. One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided since the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. So, the farmer invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed shovels, and began to shovel dirt into the well. All the other farm animals were very upset about this, because the donkey was their friend. But they discovered there was nothing they could do to help him. At first, when the donkey realized what was happening, he cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well, and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off, and take a step up on the dirt as it piled up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well, and trotted off! In life we have things that may try to weigh us down. We have to learn to let them go and understand that those things are small compared to the power that we have inside of us. God wants us to give all our problems to him. Trust that the Lord knows best no matter what. When we learn to not worry and trust in him, we can live a life full of joy.

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