“Faith is putting all your eggs in God’s basket
and counting your blessings
before they’ve hatched.”
(Used with permission)
There’s a song that goes:
“Got any rivers you think are uncrossable?
Got any mountains you can’t tunnel through?
God SPECIALIZES in things thought impossible.
He does the things others can not do.”
Lately I’ve been thinking about Matthew 17:20 when Jesus told his disciples, “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.” I looked on www.Answers.com and found that mustard seeds are about 1/16 of an inch in diameter: about 1/3rd the size of a poppy seed: EXTREMELY tiny. In the first century, apparently mustard seeds grew to the size of a rider mounted upon his horse. About 10 ft. tall! A mustard plant beginnings are small but one seed can grow to a really huge plant. It sounds like the kind of faith that moves mountains is like that. “…And nothing will be impossible for you”, is QUITE a statement huh?! Nothing? It says “NOTHING”.
I am wondering if that whole conversation with Jesus was just for the disciples He was talking to in that context or if it can be that somehow, God wants to be moving mountains–things thought impossible–for His kids TODAY. I don’t want or need to move any literal mountains, but there are some figurative ones that I’d love for God to move. This morning once again I am bringing God my “Mountain” of aggressive breast cancer, the invisible arm tourniquet sensation, the chemo damage, and a body that feels like it’s been falling apart lately–I am laying my health before Him. I am hereby placing every single cell in my body in His Lap for about the millionth time.
I don’t see how I could possibly move this mountain myself but HE CAN. I am totally confident that God can do what is impossible for us. The doctors are putting forth their best efforts but they can’t really “MAKE the treatments work”. Some women respond to the mastectomy, chemo, Heceptin, radiation, and hormone blockers and their life is prolonged and some don’t. If God cares about how many hairs are on my head and when birds fall out of trees as it says in the Bible and I know He does, then the results of all these “big gun” treatments couldn’t be a random thing. God is in charge of my life. I’m His kid. He either will make the cancer treatments work or he won’t. He’s going to do what is best. It’s not like “God needs chemo” or something. He might use different tools on our behalf sometimes, but He sure doesn’t “need” them.
Lord, how does this all work? Does this verse apply to me? If so, how do I apply it? Some people believe that Christians should “take authority” over cancer and it’ll leave. That has not been my personal belief. Whatever YOUR mindset is, is the one I want for me. How is my faith tied up in what You actually do and not do? I don’t know if this cancer treatment is working or not and I don’t know for sure if Your perfect will is to heal me or not. What does that verse mean, Lord? There are a bunch of verses in the Bible about healing. Father, am I supposed to be “claiming” them for me? Please show me what You desire, Lord. I am asking for You to help me to focus on YOU (so easy to focus on what I want instead), supply me with more faith in YOU and what You can do. ..not just regarding my health, but about everything. I’d like to “trade in” my sometimes weak, wavering faith for an unshakable, overflowing, super- strong one –can You arrange that? I want to grow and change. I know that You are just as good and loving and right in all You do whether You say “yes” or “no” or “wait” to my prayers for healing. I want what You want. Through all this I am asking You to make me into the “Paula” You want be to be. Please use me somehow for Your honor and glory and praise. Can You show me personally about the power and fruitfulness of prayer? Can YOU transform me into the kind of “prayer warrior” You’d want me to be? Can You TEACH me to pray the way that would be pleasing to You? I ask this in Jesus’ name, AMEN!
Lord, every single good gift comes from You…
(From James 1:7) One Thousand Gifts http://www.aholyexperience.com/
365. I have every reason to believe, based on the Word of God, that He will answer my requests to transform me into a woman of strong faith: a prayer warrior with prayers lined up with God’s will. He will answer my prayers with His very best.
366. I’ve got “some rivers that seem to be uncrossable and I’ve got mountains I can’t tunnel through. HOWEVER, God SPECIALIZES in things thought impossible. He does the things others can not do.”
367. Today I am trusting that God will show me if/how Matthew 17:20 applies to me and teach me all I need to know about it: “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.” I give You every single one of my mountains, Lord.
368. A wonderful Mother/Daughter time with my Hannah Banana yesterday: snuggling with puppies at the Pet Store, going to a health fair, buying her a treat (thx Lord for helping me to skip the sweets) then we even had fun vacuuming the vehicles together afterwards. 🙂