Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1, NAB)
Faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain. This seems a little hard to wrap my mind around. Maybe a different perspective, the mustard seed still your faith, but the mountain any obstacle no matter how small may seem like Mt. Rainier to you, an immovable object blocking your path.
Let’s take a look at Abraham. He was a happy, comfortable guy and he believed in an unseen God. He would have happily lived out his life in Haran and worshipped his God. However God had other plans. He called on Abraham to leave his home and family and travel to an unknown land. Hmm, looks like a mountain on the horizon.
A few years ago my husband and I were faced with the same call. Granted the traveling didn’t present the same challenges, but after almost fifty years in the same general geographic area, the call seemed like a mountain. Prayer and faith moved that mountain for us, as it did for Abraham.
God wasn’t yet done with Abraham. After years of traveling in unknown lands and aging beyond the point where he could be expected to father children, God promises and delivers a son to Abraham and his wife. Imagine their shock, first that they would have a child and then dealing with that child in their advanced years. Talk about a mountain.
I can sympathize with Abraham and Sarah; several years ago my husband and I faced a similar mountain. We discovered after twenty years of raising our first three children and being almost finished with the job, we were pregnant with our fourth child. There’s one of those mountains again. Like Abraham and Sarah through faith and prayer we have moved the mountain. It hasn’t been easy and there have been days when I wanted to throw in my shovel and walk away. But, God has always been there to gently return the shovel while grabbing His own. He never leaves my side.
If these mountains aren’t enough evidence for you, here is another of Abraham’s mountains. He has the long promised son, he seems settled in the Promised Land and God gives him another mountain, “Take your son, Isaac, your only one, whom you love and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.” (Genesis 22:1-2, NAB). Wow God is telling him to sacrifice his only son. Yet another mountain for Abraham.
No, God hasn’t asked me to sacrifice my children to Him, but I have had to let each of them go to live their own lives by their own means. Letting go was our mountain and through faith and prayer, we like Abraham have been able to move that mountain.
Through all these mountains the one guiding force that has remained constant is that unseen God. When we place our hop in God we acknowledge there are things beyond our range of understanding and yet we believe God will guide us through the mountains and home to Him.
One more example, not an Abraham story, but a God leading me story. For the last few weeks I have been blocked, my muse has been asleep, too many things on my plate, in my life, pick an excuse. The result, most of what I have posted has been stuff written or possibly posted in the past. Time for God to step in, some may say just a series of coincidences, but I say God’s hand moving things.
Sunday morning, I haven’t written much new stuff. I am substitute lecturing for a friend of mine. (This means I was not originally on the schedule.) During my prep time, I look at the Bible verses; I’m not scheduled to read, Hebrews 11, one of my favorites. I am disappointed. I get to church and the second lector is a no-show, I get to do both readings. God has planted a seed. I don’t write on Sundays, so the seed spends the day germinating.
Monday morning I wake up and the words to a popular Christian song are going through my head. The words, “Faith can move a mountain” echo and yet I don’t write but a few notes. The seed is growing. Monday night, I go to bed, ideas fly through my head from all directions, solutions to a novel dilemma I’ve been having, ideas for marketing myself and my books and a direction to take a post on faith.
Tuesday morning I am up and writing, scaling yet another mountain with God at my side. So when God gives you a mountain take your mustard seed of faith and go forward with Him knowing that He knows what’s on the other side and in our blindness He will lead the way. Have FAITH.