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.
I'm a big fan of oatmeal, especially in the fall and winter months when a constant chill is in the air. There's nothing more comforting and filling than a steaming bowl of wholegrain goodness for breakfast.
So when I note we're running low on this staple, my husband, Danny, adds oatmeal to his grocery list before heading out to our neighborhood Aldi. This is their brand, and I'm eager to try it.
I scan the side of the container for directions, expecting to find the usual Quaker Oats ratio for one serving of oatmeal - 1 cup water to half cup oats. What's this? One cup of water to a quarter cup of oats? This can't possibly be right! And it takes 30 minutes to cook instead of five??? Okay, now I have to investigate.
I open the lid, and this is what greets me.
Teeny tiny oat pellets in the husk! I've never seen anything like this in my life. The 30 minute cooking time now makes complete sense to me, but the amount of water called for leaves room for doubt. How can just one cup of water adequately plump up these little guys?
Turns out, I'm right, and the directions are wrong. After some experimentation, I discover it takes one and one-half cups of water when all is said and done.
So begins the 30 minutes of watching, stirring and waiting . . .
And the finished product? Perfect, both in texture and in taste.
When I view these oats for the first time, they remind of of Jesus' story of the mustard seed. Minuscule and insignificant, it seems impossible that they can ever be transformed into anything palatable. Yet, add the right amount boiling water and time, and voila!
Yes, we may start out small in our faith, but we don't have to stay that way.
Because when we trust in Jesus, submitting our wills completely to Him, He can grow our faith exponentially, in ways we never could have imagined.
And one day, with the Lord's help, I believe we will move mountains.
Friends, since next week is Thanksgiving break, I am taking a break from the blog. May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving Day filled with food, fun and family, and I will see you in the following week!