This morning I sit surrounded by mountains in East Tennessee. With the sunrise peaking up over the mountains, signaling another day is here, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. But I look at these mountains, and they look so calm and so steady. They fill the skyline, building a wall around me that feels at the same time powerful and safe.
I can't help but look out and think, "I am nothing compared to these mountains. I have not the beauty or the strength or the steadiness of these mountains." Have you ever felt that way about something before? Like you're just so small that you don't matter?
If so, say this with me: "I can move these mountains."
Jesus says this in Matthew 17:20 -
"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."
The truth is that we are small. In the grand scheme of things, we are nothing more than a grain of sand. But being small doesn't mean being powerless. Because within us, is our faith. Unlike the mountains, our faith wavers, but even when it's as small as the smallest seed we can move these mountains. Not in our own power, not in our own strength, but by our faith in the God who made the mountains.
Y'all this is such a special thing. I think it's okay to feel small sometimes, but we cannot let ourselves set up camp here. We might feel small when staring at a mountain or an ocean or a diagnosis or a death or a project that seems so far beyond our abilities, but we hold the card that trumps all others. We have faith in God, we have direct access to pray our boldest and scariest prayers, and we have the power of the Holy Spirit moving within us as we dare to pray for our mountains to move.
When we pray, when we call out to the maker of the mountains, when we put our faith into action, that mustard seed grows.
"The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches." -Matthew 13:31-32