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 is impossible for you."
My husband, Danny, and I are grateful to live in a forest so deep we don't even own a lawn mower. Our ground cover is moss, beautifully springy and evergreen. The only yard work in which we engage is in the fall when all those enchanting leaves, which give us generous shade throughout the summer, know it's time to release and descend.
Usually, autumn here in Georgia tends to be drier than wetter. That means sweeping the decks, the stairs, and blowing off the moss on a regular basis is a fairly easy task. But when we suffer through the recent torrential rains, observing the leaves falling in swarming hoards upon the sodden ground, our hearts sink. How will we ever dig out from this mountain of deciduous vegetation threatening to smother our tender moss and annihilate the sanctity of our deck?
How will the leaf blower tackle the soggy mess and not harm the moss hidden beneath its cloak?
We are blessed with a respite from rain for one day's time. Danny decides to take the challenge, to move the mountain of leaves, wet or not, from the forest floor.
It takes him four hours to accomplish the task, a time unheard of with regards to previous autumn toils. Danny and I both had doubts that this horrendous mess could be salvaged.
Yet, God reminds us: This is only a mountain.
We balk, we falter, we question.
But God proves, time after time, that He is in it all, providing the miracles we need even before we ask, if we open the eyes of our hearts to behold them.
Danny and the Lord prevail!
Just as Danny freed the moss from the bondage of the soaking, choking grip of the fallen leaves, the Lord frees us from the bondage of sin and death. We need only believe that, by His grace, we can move a mountain.
Because with God, all things are possible.
What mountains are standing in your way today?
Prayer: Father, sometimes I feel my faith is as tiny as a mustard seed. Life is hard. It's unpredictable. Moving mountains seems impossible. Yet life is filled with Your grace, mercy and love. May we all trust in Your promise and in Jesus' words that with Him, the mountains will move. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
You can listen to the praise song, "Only a Mountain," here.