This time last year I was in the process of making a very important decision. I had to go on a metaphorical journey, and I had absolutely no idea where it was going to lead me. I had to trust God that He was going to show me the right way, and whatever the result of the decision I would be supported. Essentially, I had to have faith. That is what we’re thinking about this week, living life in FAITH. The parable that we’re considering is the parable of the mustard seed. This is a very short parable with a very important message, the mustard seed is the smallest of all the seeds, and yet when it grows, it is a tree and can hold the weight of birds. You only need the smallest amount of faith, and you can achieve amazing things.
As teachers we often tell pupils that they have to have faith in themselves. What do we mean by that? That even though they don’t think they’re going to be able to do something they have to believe that they actually can. There is a saying ‘faith can move mountains’ I’m not sure it actually can but to have faith in something can make a huge difference.
According to Wikipedia Faith is belief in God, and in the truth of His revelation as well as obedience to him
The thought for the week says it all – in a modern context
Faith is like wifi – you cannot see it but you know it has the power to connect you to what you need
I could not explain to you how wifi works, but I know what it allows me to do. I can buy things, I can contact friends around the world. Similarly I cannot describe what faith looks like but I can tell you that it has the power to allow me to do things beyond my imagination.
There are so many examples of people who had faith in the Bible. Abraham, had been told by God that he would have children, he had faith that that would happen. Moses, helped the Israelites to escape from Egypt he had to do some pretty scary things, but he had faith that God would provide. Noah built an ark!
With all of these examples, the people listened to God and were obedient to God. That is the key. We need to listen to what other people tell us, and listen to what God is saying. We then need to obey what we’re being told and have faith that it will work out. It won’t always be smooth, there may well be tears and tantrums on the way, people may think we’re crazy but that is a small price to pay for what it could lead to.
Challenge: what is on your heart to do to make a difference? Start a plan, what can you do?
Prayer: this is the prayer of st Brendan, I heard it for the first time yesterday and thought it was perfect for this topic
Help me to journey beyond the familiar
and into the unknown.
Give me the faith to leave old ways
and break fresh ground with You.
Christ of the mysteries, I trust You
to be stronger than each storm within me.
I will trust in the darkness and know
that my times, even now, are in Your hand.
Tune my spirit to the music of heaven,
and somehow, make my obedience count for You