When I was in high school, not long after I started my real relationship with Jesus, I heard a message from my youth pastor about faith. Real faith. I was a very literal teenager. I loved evidence. I loved factual ammo on my side. So hearing about faith always made me feel a little uneasy, it feels so abstract and “out there”, even after I gave my life to Jesus (give me a break, I liked to be in control).
Anyway, in this message my pastor talked about that so popular verse in Matthew 17:20-21: “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. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
So my literal mind started turning, I started praying. I WANTED to know and feel God was real. I WANTED to see Him so literal things in my life. I WANTED to believe the Bible was true so I asked God about it….
Now, If you’re even remotely familiar with Washington State you probably know this beauty:
Mount Rainier. It’s what comes to my mind anytime I think of a mountain. It’s so grand. It’s huge. It’s indelible. Compared to it, I’m nothing.
Ok. So I prayed. A small, simple, sort of scared prayer. “God, I don’t have big faith, but can you please move Mount Rainier?” You see, I wanted to believe God, but I didn’t know know if I could.
Well, you’re probably thinking I got some revelation and God moved on my heart or showed me something about trusting God even without seeing.
HE MOVED THE EVER-LOVING MOUNTAIN. I kid you not. On February 19, 2002, the day after we had youth group, there was an earthquake UNDER THE MOUNTAIN. Not in the area, not small seismic motion. MARY MOTHER AND JOSEPH THE MOUNTAIN SHOOK. If for nothing more than God showing Himself faithful to a 14 year old in Auburn, Washington. It came on the news and I seriously froze. How does a kid process that? God is REAL. He REALLY HEARS ME.
God is so gracious. He knows what we need when we need it. And my young and fragile faith needed MOUNTAINS MOVED in my life. I learned to pray boldly that day. If he can move Mount Rainier- He can overcome my family pain, my physical pain, my bondages, depression, anything that should be impossible, is easy for Him.
BUT- It doesn’t just come about by lightehearted wishing or envying another’s faith. Read the rest of the verse “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting”. Youve got to be intentional and seek after God with EVERYTHING you are, and He will grow your faith. In your heart, in your body. He will move the impossible mountains. Be bold! Pray big prayers!
Your mountains might not be my mountains, but He is able. Trust Him, He is real and can overcome real problems.Tags: faith, mustard seed, pray, prayer