Hello and happy chilly Sunday! It’s been, well, CHILLY this weekend, and I am LOVING it. Seriously. One of the things I was sad to leave behind in the Midwest was the chilly autumn days and the colorful leafs—well this weekend felt just like home:) I think it is supposed to get warm again next week, but for now I am thoroughly enjoying the chilly weather!
This morning I was reading again in Matthew, and this familiar verse stood out to me. It’s funny how God points out certain verses at specific times in our lives, and this was definitely one of those times.
“He replied, “Because you have so little faith, I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothingwill be impossible for you.”
Jesus was explaining to his disciples that in order for them to do miracles in His name, they must first have faith. Faith is not always an easy thing. More often than not, I find myself attempting to rely on my own abilities rather than God’s, and doing never seems to work out in quite the way that I had planned. When presented with obstacles, I tend to give up too easily. So often I feel that a certain situation or circumstance is too challenging for me. I feel incompetent, insecure, and unable to do what is asked or required of me. But, the only reason I feel this way is because I allow my focus to turn away from God. Instead of focusing on him, I focus on the problem, and focusing on the problem without including God only leads to fear, anxiety, insecurity and doubt.
It’s like when Peter saw Jesus walking on the water, and asked him to call him out into the waves as well. Jesus called, and for a moment, Peter was able to walk on the water. But, as soon as he let his eyes shift away from Jesus and towards the whistling wind and crashing waves, he began to sink. In the same way, our obstacles and stresses in life are like the wind and the waves. When we shift our eyes away from Jesus and instead look to them, we begin to sink. We feel overwhelmed, stressed, insecure and unable. But, Jesus is bigger than any wave you may be facing in life, and he is right there, waiting for us to call out to him so he can save us from the waves.
I need to have more faith. Faith that God is indeed bigger than and problem or challenge I could ever face, and that with him, ALL things are possible. There is no limit to what we can do when we actively shift our focus from the waves, and instead focus on the only one who can save us from drowning.
Is there something in your life today that feels to big to handle? Maybe it even seems impossible. Whatever it is, give it to God. With him, all things are not only possible—they are probable and completely doable.
Lord, help me to shift my attitude and focus away from the problems and obstacles in my life in order to step out in faith and focus on you. I pray for your guidance and wisdom, and the courage to face any circumstance—no matter what it may be—with you by my side. Amen.
Hope you all had an excellent weekend! God Bless:)