the Journey / The Mapps Quest

Faith Seeds

This morning as Ethan and I were sitting in my bed doing our devotionals, he stopped and wanted to read me part of his.  It was about when Jesus talks about having faith as small as a mustard seed.

“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” – Luke 17:6

Ethan’s eyes were large as he realized what this was saying.  He asked me if I thought he had faith like that.  I said that it was between him and God… that Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith… if Jesus wants to give you faith that moves mountains then you will have it.  He said that he has faith like that.  He looked outside at the trees.  He told me that he was pretty sure he could make a tree move.  So he said he would be right back and proceeded to put on his flip flops and go to the back door.  I sat in the room listening.

“Move tree.  Tree, move.”

I heard the door open and shut.  Then I heard a voice coming from outside.

“Tree, I want you to move.”

The door opened and Ethan came running back to the room.  He was a bit upset.  He didn’t understand why he didn’t have enough faith to move the tree.  I told him that maybe that’s not what Jesus has planned for him, that maybe his job isn’t miracles of trees moving.  He was adamant that it was.  He said that Jesus wanted him to have that kind of faith so that when he was older and in another country he could tell a tree to move, it would, and then many people would believe in Jesus.  We talked about the most important miracle of all – when someone accepts Christ.  He agreed, but still had hope in his faith that he would be able to move a tree.  He stood up and went to the window.  He asked me what kind of tree that was.  I told him, and he went back to the back door, opened it, and stood outside in front of the tree.

“Mulberry tree, move!”

“Move your leaves Mulberry tree!”

“Stop.  Move.  Move the top only.  Stop.  Move your leaves.  Stop.”

I could see him standing out there, determination in his eyes.  For a moment he had mustard seed faith.  The leaves moved.  They stopped.  They moved.  He came running back in.

“They moved!  They stopped when I told them!”

“I know” I said.  He was so excited.  He talked some more about knowing that this was the job that Jesus had for him.  He was going to do miracles and show the world that Jesus was real.  I told him about the 2 witnesses in Revelation that are given power to do miracles so that many would believe.  I read it to him.  He said that he was one of those men, but that he would have to keep practicing.  My heart was full as he smiled at me with sparkles of hope in his eyes to be used by God in such a powerful way.  My baby… full of faith seeds.

Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” – Luke 18:16-17

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