It’s funny how some things seem to be reinforced in my life while shopping with the Mrs. Today was no exception.
Earlier this afternoon we went downtown to take the family through some of the stores in quest of finding a ‘deal’. My job, drive the car, crack a joke or two, and stay in the back to follow the harem as they look at all of those uniquely different items in every nook and cranny of every store.
During one of our side excursions, we came across a booth which was selling home décor pieces made of metal spelling out words with meaning. One of them was ‘believe’. It immediately stood out to me. I nearly bought it, and probably would have, but it wasn’t capitalized (just a pet peeve).
Of late, while in my prayer time, one word has been coming to my heart and mind more than any other; believe. Nearly every morning when praying for my kids, the word believe has been in the forefront of my mind. Not only the word, but the Bible verse below:
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, 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. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Luke 17:20)
I know that I have a few mountains in my life that seem too large to move. They seem so impossible at this point that I have nearly given up on them. Not that I’ve stopped asking God for His help and to work a miracle, but that my faith has nearly gone.
When I stood there looking at the piece of décor, that still, small voice spoke to my heart and reminded me of my morning prayer times. It was as though He was saying to me, ‘don’t give up… just believe’.
Believe in what we don’t see. Believe that, what seems impossible to man, is possible with God. Believe that, even though it seems like all has been lost, that He can heal and restore. Believe that there is a power higher than I who loves me, hears me, and wants what is best for me.
The photo today was taken at that same store around the corner from the décor sign. It stuck out to me as well and I wanted to share it with you all.
It reminded me of what my Navy Master Chief used to tell us, ‘just remember, no matter how hard you have it, there’s always someone else in this world who has it worse than you’. It wasn’t exactly a faith statement, but it helped me then, and now, to keep my eyes off how bad things can be and remember I’m not alone in this world when it comes to challenges.
The photo today also reminds me that, even when God seems quiet. Even when it seems my prayers are not being heard. Even when it seems like all hope is lost. I will still believe. I will hold onto that faith. I must. Without faith, I have nothing, and all will be lost.
Most of all, today, I’m encouraged that I have a loving Father who cares enough to remind me, even when I doubt Him, that He’s in control and to just believe. If you’re having trouble believing today, you’re not alone. He understands and has a plan. All that we must do is believe. Even if it’s just a mustard seed of belief, we can see those mountains move. That, my friends, is a day I am greatly looking forward to!
Have a great rest of your weekend my friend!