This week I’m surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains. In fact today, I’m tackling the feat of leading a group of BIG Life girls up one of those mountains. It will be hard. But mountains are supposed to be hard. Mountains represent the impossible in our lives. The barrier between where you are and where you want to go.
Mountains stress us out. They make us back down and play little in our own lives. Sometimes they even hold us in fear causing us to live a life far short of what’s truly available to us. I understand mountains. I’ve faced a few impossibles in my life. And I’ve also created a few as well.
Girl, listen to me … as much as you want to be in control of your life, there are things that you are unable to control. And the more you try and control the uncontrollable, the more you miss the beautiful flow of life.
You know what some of us really need to hear this morning? CHILL OUT! Just chill the heck out. Why you got yourself all worked up in a tizzy over these things? Why you walking around in a bad mood with worried eyebrows? If you can’t change it, if you can’t control it, if you’ve done all you can do, there’s only one things for you to do … be still and know that God is God.
I know it may not look like it, but God’s got this. He’s got this and he’s got you. Your worry doesn’t help him. You know what your worry does … it builds mountains. Some of the very mountains you face today weren’t built by the enemy, they weren’t built by your ex, or your boss, or your haters. They were built you. Mountains hand built by you with your worry and doubt. Could the obstacle in your way be of your own doing? Sometimes the devil doesn’t even need to step foot in our lives … we’re pretty good at holding ourselves back. Why would he waste his time messing with you when you do a darn good job creating barriers on your own with your worry?
You know what can move those mountains in your way? Faith. Faith that God is God. Faith that he is for you, not against you. Faith that he has a plan for you and it’s a good plan. Faith that he is always with you. Faith that everything is within his power and he cares about every detail of your life.
Today you’re being called to be a mountain mover, not a mountain builder. Jesus says in Matthew 17:20 “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.”
Yes, Jesus walked this earth and he said that a long time ago, but he’s here today telling you again – if you can have even a little bit of faith, your mountains can move. A tiny bit of faith can make your obstacle shake. A tiny bit of faith can make your impossible possible. Where is your faith? Is it in you, or is it in the God who created you? Is it in your plans, or in the plans of your Heavenly Father who knows all things?
Our family has been in one of those impossible situations. We prayed and prayed for answers and all God gave us was, trust me … I am God.
We had done all we could do. Maybe you’ve done all you can do and yet things still are uncertain. I get you. I’ve been there too. So here’s what I recommend you do. Go to the spice isle of your local market and invest $2 in a jar of mustard seed. Hold those seeds in your hand. This is all it takes. Faith the size of a mustard seed. Faith this tiny. Faith in God. That he sees it all. That he hears you. That he has a plan. And that he will honor your faith.
In the middle of our greatest trial, we held mustard seeds in our hands and saw our mountains move. Mountains that should have never moved, had never moved before … they moved. Straight up miracles.
And what God has done for my family, he can do again. He can do it again for my family and he can do it for your family.
Chill out. Don’t be so caught up in the fight and stressed by the overwhelming worries and pressing decisions that you forget what you do have. You have a tiny bit of faith. Faith is complete trust and confidence that God is going to do what he said he was going to do. Complete trust and confidence that he is for you and he is working in all the details you just can’t see.
I refuse to be a mountain builder with my worry. I will get out of my own way. I will use my faith and I will see those mountains move!