When it comes to faith we can all agree we can never have enough! Yet, Jesus tells us in Matthew's gospel, "I tell you the truth, if you have 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." The mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds, yet when planted will grow into a large tree. Therefore, it is not the size of our faith that makes the difference. Rather, it is our response to this gift of faith which produces the growth and moves the mountains in our lives.
I have listened to countless stories of people struggling with their faith due to the death of a loved one or the pain of divorce. How could a good and loving God not heal my loved one or restore my marriage? But, it is during these difficult times when faith is tried and tested we see great growth. This great gift we have been given rest not on our emotions and fears. But, rather on the promises of God who Himself experienced a crisis of faith in the garden of Gethsemane.
All Christians will experience in their life-time a period, or periods of doubts regarding their faith. According to Pope Francis (who has acknowledge his own personal faith crisis), "A Christian who hasn't doubts, who hasn't had a crisis of faith, is a Christian who is missing something". In the end what matters is how we respond during these times. Our surrender and trust to God's will and plan for our lives will give hope to others going through similar situations. We bear witness to this faith by the hope we carry in our hearts.
A seed is just a seed until it is planted in the earth and surrenders to the soil. Our faith is a muscle and needs to be exercised in order to grow and be strengthen. So the next time you feel that your faith has been shaken remember to flex this muscle and let God's graces flow. Each and every time we pray, 'not my will but yours be done' we die to self and are reborn in Him.
Begin today to move those mountains in your life!