A Seed


The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” Luke 17: 5-6
There is a story about a minister who sought out Mother Teresa for prayer in regards to God’s plan for his life.  She agreed to pray for him, but not for what he asked.  Mother Teresa told the minister that she would pray for him to have faith because it was faith that he needed.  She shared that if God had revealed His full plan to her when she was younger, she would have been too frightened to leave her convent and serve the first person she met in the slums of Calcutta.
In the beginning of Luke chapter 17, we read Jesus’ warnings about sin, the necessity of forgiveness, and the power of faith.  Jesus was not concerned with the size of faith as much as if faith was present.  It is not a faith of what I want, but a trust that what God provides is good and sufficient.  This may be a faith to endure rejection.  It may be trusting God for discernment.  It may be standing firm in wherever God has me trusting that He is with me and his grace endures.
I struggle with change and when change needs to happen or is thrust upon me, I claw for any control that I can get.  I’ve realized this most as a parent.  Through challenges and difficult prognoses, I have found myself at times not seeking God out of fear of being disappointed or let down.  The unknown at times seems impossibly overwhelming.  As I let this scripture sink in, there is peace knowing that I can turn over my doubts and my fears and God will hold it and grow something beyond my own understanding.  I don’t need to know the plan as much as I need to possess a seed of faith.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Joe