Every cloud has a silver lining. The glass is always half full. There’s always something good around the corner. Do you know one of these kind of people? The one who see the positive in everything? Well, hold on to your hat! If you hadn’t already realized it, that’s me. I’m the eternal optimist. The chick always looking for the rainbow when it rains. Or in the case of tonight’s weather, I’m the chick who is thankful the dog didn’t want to go out in the sunami of a night we are having. Yep! We might need an ark before the night is over, but at least the dog and I stayed dry tonight!
Being eternally optimistic has served me well in my life. I think in many ways, it has saved my life. I can think back to the lowest of low times in my life. The days when, as a child, I wondered if the abuse would ever end. I questioned why I was put on this earth. Yet somehow, I always found my reason for living. It might have come from sharing a kind word with another person, or providing a gentle pet for the family cat. Poor Boo kitty was so misunderstood. One way or another, God showed me I was valuable…even when I couldn’t see my own worth. God showed me that as long as I held on to the tiniest amount of faith, He would carry me through. I don’t think as a kiddo I had any remote concept of faith. I know lots of adults who struggle with that concept, let alone a kid. It’s tough to understand because faith isn’t tangible. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Faith is not something I can pick up and carry with me like my purse. Faith is something heard, learned, and then carried in my heart.
Faith is that subconscious trust. You know, the feeling when you’re tootises are tired, and you need to sit down. I don’t know about you, but I love nothing more than to crawl into my favorite chair and put my feet up. Well, I have faith that the chair is going to hold this fluffy chick up, rather than collapse beneath me. I have faith in that chair. I believe that it will hold me up. Believe me, I did that once in my life only to have the chair collapse beneath me. My husband quickly asked if I was alright…through his booming laugher, then snapped a photo, posted it on social medial, and finally offered to help this sister up. Why did the chair collapse shock me? I had faith that creeky old lawn chair would hold me up. Why did my husband’s behavior not shock me? Because he’s my oldest child. Nothing he does shocks me. I have faith he will always do something nutty. Are you getting what I’m saying? Faith is that deep trust that can’t easily be shaken. It’s knowing, trusting, and believing that something is true without having to touch it or see it.
God is that way. Faith in God comes from hearing about His goodness. It comes from reading His word, and trusting what it says. Faith in God is believing that He will hold you up when you would otherwise fall. Not because you’ve physically seen God hold you up, but because you’ve experienced it. You didn’t watch God levitate you from the ground to hold you up, but you felt His presence. You felt His support deep within you, and because of that, you have faith.
Jesus said in Matthew 17:20, “…I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” What He’s saying here is what I know as truth. I look back to the times in my life when I thought I was worthless. When I thought there was no reason for me to be on this earth. Then, I had faith God would show me my purpose. It was massive, earth shaking faith. It was a tiny amount of faith, hidden deep within my soul. Faith as tiny as a mustard seed. Have you looked at a mustard seed. Y’all, they are super itty bitty. Consider the size of the eye of a needle. Some are that little. Ok, now take God’s word as truth here. Jesus said you and I may have times that our faith is small, tiny, not easily visible by the naked eye. Yet even with faith that small, God within us is so incredibly powerful that we can tell a mountain to move and it will! I’ve seen it happen. Not a mountain as found in nature that is brush covered, or has presidential faces carved into it. Life’s mountains. Those instances in life that you are certain will stop you dead in your tracks. Yep! Those mountains. With a little faith in God, those big, ugly, emotional mountains…those bosses, finances, exams, and late night mountains of worry will get up and move. You know why? Because you dear sister…with that tiny amount of faith, even the mountains know your power. They are going to get out of your way, ’cause they can see you coming!
Dear sister, faith in God changes everything. It doesn’t matter how small your faith may be. It matters that somewhere…deep in there, it exists. That tiny, glittery piece of faith is hanging on. When you are willing to give that faith a chance, God will blow your socks off! He will move mountains, change lives, and make His strength known. Faith changes everything. If you don’t have some, find some! Read God’s word, talk to a Christ following friend, send me an email. Whatever it takes, find some faith. Then, let that tiny mustard seed of faith go to work. Let it change your life! It certainly did mine.