It’s so tiny, the mustard seed. I think about that these days. I think about it a lot. We have uprooted our lives, sold our home of 8 years, quit our jobs, moved to another state and settled in to plant a church – all with this tiny, little grain of faith and what we firmly believe is God’s directive.
In Matthew 17 we find that the disciples were baffled as to why they couldn’t cast a demon out of a man. They had seen Him perform countless miracles, had participated in life with Him and yet, they didn’t have the goods when the rubber met the road. Nada. When they asked Him why, he responded with the famous mustard seed passage:
He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. Matthew 17:20 (AMP)
We don’t want to be faith-less. We don’t want to rely on our own strength or knowledge or abilities or giftings. Our family wants to be full of faith. But sometimes, our faith feels like that small mustard seed. I mean, look at how tiny it is. It doesn’t look like it could do much, right? Seriously. It’s minute. It’s teeny-tiny. So very little. How could something that small be so powerful? We think it isn’t enough.
Why? Because there are variables beyond our control, because we can’t see the bigger picture, because all we have is the next step – not the next 4. It’s out of our comfort zones as humans, right? I mean, who doesn’t want to know how everything is going to work out? Who doesn’t want to know the entire plan from start to finish?
But Papa doesn’t work that way. He gives us what we need, when we need it. And we use that small, tiny grain of faith to take the next step. We are sitting here in Waynesville, NC, most sure that we are supposed to be here and yet, waiting to see where the next step may lead us . . viagra canada achat. to a building for our meetings? to unexpected provision to help pay the bills? to meeting amazing people who are future leaders in the church? to creating new friendships? to divine appointments?
While we wait for the direction we battle what anyone in this situation would battle – fear of the unknown, fear of failing, fear of missing it. We have to remind ourselves that He is our Father and He longs to take care of us, more than the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. He delights in giving surprises, gifts, miracles and lots and lots of love. We take the next step and watch Him work. Do you know what that does? It increases our faith! Then we take the next step and our faith increases once again.
So how’s your faith today? Are you taking the next step and trusting that He will provide the next? You don’t have to take huge leaps – just small steps. But for every small step you take in faith, I promise He’ll be there.
Just take the next step.
Until next time,
1. Please be in prayer this week as we are enrolling Zoe in public school. Pray for her and for us that the transition would be easy, that she would make friends quickly and that we can connect with others in the community.
2. Also be praying for a venue. We are going to be checking out a couple of places this week (one of which is the vacant church next door!) and need His direction and favor in every step of this.
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