“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” – Matthew 17:20
How big is your faith?
Unable to cast a demon from a young boy the disciples asked Jesus, “Why? Why couldn’t we cast out the demon?” He tells them their faith was too small.
I find that very interesting because of the disciples- that those who were probably closest to Jesus, having witnessed the very miracles He performed- had very little faith. I would think their faith was bigger than that of what Jesus described as a mustard seed.
Mustard seeds are very small at about .05 inches. The average size of the tree it grows into is between 3-6 feet high and under certain conditions can even grow to 10-15 feet high. Sometimes it’s considered a weed because it spreads widely and quickly.
Jesus reminds them that no matter how small their faith is, the impossible is possible if we trust in the power of God. So much so that one can move mountains. I’ve never tried to move a literal mountain but I guess you could say I have figuratively. A mountain can be anything that is standing in your way that keeps you from moving forward. That could be your relationships, finances, family, or job.
As I was doing a little research on mountains in preparation for this post, my attention was drawn to the tallest mountain in North America. Located in south-central Alaska the mountains peak reaches 20, 310 feet above sea level, making it the third largest in the world. Talk about moving a mountain. To move something this massive, your faith would have to be enormous. I could only imagine the faith needed to move this mountain. But Jesus says in the opening verse all you need is a mustard seed; something that small but yet so powerful.
It’s hard to move that mountain when you have lost hope and you feel all is lost. In the wake of the events of the last few months, my heart and prayers go out to the cities and people affected by such acts of violence.
There are those who choose to believe that we’re defined and divided by our differences- the pigment of our skin, the culture in which we come from, our heritage, our religion or beliefs, our job title, our orientation and even our gender; and they are wrong. We all bleed red, and in fact, somewhere through the course of time, at one point or another, we all share a piece of the same DNA. We are all connected; and not just by biology; but by our Creator. He’s what defines us; His love for every single one of us. There are no favorites over the other.
To those in the black community who’ve suffered great loss and persecution at the hand of racism, my heart goes out to and grieves with you. I can’t imagine how it must feel but I do lift you up in prayer and express my deepest sympathies from a place of love and respect.
To the men and women in blue: Thank you for your service and dedication to protecting and serving the community. I realize some of you are mentally and physically worn out. You may feel like all hope and faith are lost. I never thought I would hear stories of officers being refused service and customers threatening to leave. I would be honored and blessed to sit at a table pray and break bread with you.
I encourage you not to lose faith in the world or in people. The actions of a few do not represent the attitudes of many.
Tonya Masoner is a part-time legal assistant and full-time school custodian. She enjoys thrift shopping, pizza Sunday’s and binge watching Netflix. She loves telling people-“God’s got a sense of humor… I don’t even drink coffee.” Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.