Monday, November 8, 2021

A Smidge of Faith


In the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 17, Verse 5, the apostles ask Jesus to increase their faith.  What is the measure of your faith?  Do you have just a smidge of faith, or a lot? 

Interestingly, Jesus seems to imply that it doesn't matter.  

You see, just a morsel of faith is incredibly powerful.  In his words, he tells the apostles, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to [this] mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you."

I checked out mulberry trees.  They don't actually have ears, so they cannot hear you tell them to move.  Neither do they have the ability to move themselves, so what gives?

Oh I'm just kidding.  Well, not really.  They don't have ears nor the ability to move themselves.

But seriously, mulberry trees shoot up quickly and have a few different varieties.  They reach maturity in about ten years.  Truthfully, their roots can be so aggressive that they can even lift up sidewalks!  

We saw a sidewalk that had been lifted up many years ago when some straight-line winds plowed through a vacation spot where we were staying.  It was a pretty amazing sight.  The uprooted tree revealed the strong, powerful wind that moved against it.

So I guess it's like that.  If you have just a kernel of faith--the size of a tiny mustard seed--the potential impact that comes from putting your faith into action, can be tremendous.  Don't worry if it seems like your faith isn't as big and splashy as you think it should be.  A little can go a long way.

Janet Cassidy

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