“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.” – Matthew 17:20 (NKJV)
Today I found a set of tattered sermon notes in my purse and I was reminded that “He is the God over all I know.” The statement I had scrawled on my bulletin came from the popular song by Vertical Worship, and I remember texting it as an encouragement to a friend that same day. I really needed to hear it again today. Thanks, Lord!
You see…there is this thing that has been a thing for way longer than I care to admit. It causes me so much stress that I have simply chosen to avoid it completely…for years.
At work, my staff development team was working on an idea to help employees tackle the stress and we planned to hand out stress balls as a swag item. Squeeeeeze. And the stress melts away. Ha! The funniest part of the plan was that after I ordered them, in the shape of the Rocky Mountains since we are in Colorado, my colleague pointed out that they might imply to staff that their stress is a mountain. Uh oh! Unintended consequence of creativity.
I faced down my very own stress mountain starting today, and it showed me that mustard-seed faith is legit. The THING I tackled is not handled. I took a step, a deep breath. I redeemed a moment. It’s like when you shrug your shoulders, squeezing them up to your ears and then drop them down in a single motion to get a momentary release of strain in your muscles. That was today.
Regardless of how many more steps I have to take or how insurmountable they may seem; I can rest knowing that my God knows. That is the hope we have in Him. He makes it possible for us to overcome.
“He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.” – Psalm 18:33 (New Living Translation) fff