Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed
“I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20
So many scriptures come to mind, even if I can’t quote them like so many do. I DO, however, know enough of them to find them.
The scriptures I am using today are very personal to me right now and just keep running through my mind. Some of you know most of the story, but some don’t, so those who do, please be patient with me.
One of my two remaining brothers had a stroke in 2019. It was very serious but that stroke may have saved his life in so many ways! He was in serious physical and Spiritual trouble. His earthly life and his eternity were in jeopardy.
After many tests, the doctors discovered that he also had lung and brain cancer with multiple tumors both places. They finally said he had two – three months to live. He was told that there was no need in even trying to treat the lungs if they couldn’t get the brain cancer under control. I think, for the first time, the seriousness of his physical condition set in.
My sisters and I had been trying to show him the love and power of Jesus for a long time and one day when one of them called him, it finally set in. He gave his life to Jesus! God is so good!
1 “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:1-7
After that, his attitude changed. He finally realized he was in God’s hands. Radiation on his brain was started and the older tumors would shrink some, but new tumors popped up faster than they could shrink them. Each time I spoke to him, he would say things like “well Sis, I made it till Thanksgiving, now I’m looking at Christmas.” Christmas and New Year’s came and passed. Early this year, they decided to go on and scan his lungs again and map out treatment. The doctor came in to give him the results and was amazed! There was no mass or tumors in his lungs. Nothing! Recently, he had his latest brain scan. When he got the results, they were amazed again. There were NO tumors there. The scan was clear!
He is a baby Christian. But even so, he believes. People all over the United States are praying for him and I believe God offered him as a living, breathing testimony. But most of all, he was lost and now is found!
We pray for people every day, and sometimes, we mean to but never seem to get around to it. My question now, and this was brought to my attention by someone who finds it hard to believe in miracles, is when you pray for someone, do you really believe that your prayer will be answered? It’s so easy to become complacent, breathing a short prayer and forgetting it. And yet “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20
I believe in miracles. My brother is one. I know a few others too. I don’t know why some people are healed and some aren’t, but I know that God knows, and His plan is so much better than mine. I know I will continue to pray for people and I will believe those prayers will be answered, even if they aren’t in my time frame or the way I envisioned. I hope you will too.