A mustard seed is really, really small and it is hard to quantify faith by its size, but the Bible tells us that if we have faith as small as mustard seed, we will cast mountains into the sea and they will move, literally.
Sometimes, God and His miraculous deeds seem abstract to us and we find it difficult to imagine much more believe but they do happen. I’ll give an instance that happened to me at the Houston airport on my way to Nigeria, in March last year.
I had gotten to the airport and as I tried to check in, I was informed that my luggage had exceeded the designated weight and therefore I had to pay a staggering sum of 1,200 dollars or throw some of my stuff away to lighten my boxes. My Nigerian brain rapidly calculated the Naira equivalent and I knew that I was in serious trouble, cos I did not have that amount of money anywhere. I could call neither my mum or anybody as my international calling card was exhausted, I looked up and down and I felt utterly helpless.
I found a seat and opened my boxes but I couldn’t bear to throw any of my stuff in the trash, it was just inconceivable to me and I did that which came natural to me; cry. I cried and cried and cried and people were just minding their business, walking past and rushing to catch their respective flights. While I sat on that bench hopelessly nursing the headache that my bout of weeping brought on, it occurred to me that I could ask God for help and there and then I bowed my head and said a very heartfelt prayer to God and asked Him to please send me help as I had no other option.
It is important to note that in that moment, I completely surrendered and became dependent on God without a plan B, I did not harbor any doubts and I just sat there for over an hour waiting and my flight time was drawing nigh. Suddenly one of the attendants walked up to me and asked me why I was crying and I explained my situation and she went in and brought her boss out with her. In a matter of minutes the boss looked at my passport and asked me some questions and then he asked me to pay 400 dollars as against 1,200. I was so happy and as I raced to an ATM to get it, the attendant ran after me and asked me to come pay 200, which was the exact amount of money I had in my wallet. I was so stunned and nobody could understand the sheer awe and amazement I was feeling in that particular moment, my mustard sized faith had moved my 1,200 dollar mountain! Not only did my fees drastically reduce, they checked me in specially and I made my flight just in time.
Now, this might not seem like a big deal to many people, some might even think: what is 1,200 dollars? but I can boldly state that it was on that day that I completely believed that God was a loving father who would grant my requests if only I asked and believed.
I don’t know what any of you might be going through right now, I know I am facing my own storms at the moment, but this post might be for you. The moment we quit limiting God is when He will come through for us, because to be honest that day at the airport, prayer was neither the first, second or third option that came to my mind but the moment it did, results came forth. Whatever you are facing can go away if only you can summon up faith as tiny as a mustard seed, it is that simple!
“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “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 vs 20
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