“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 17:20
On a walk this week, a tiny little pebble made its way into my shoe. Though I tried to push past the distraction, it quickly became my all-consuming thought and focus. When I finally succumbed to the annoyance and slipped my shoe off, I was surprised at just how tiny it was, not much bigger than a grain of salt. Amazing how significantly such a tiny little thing can affect us isn’t it?
The experience made me think how often that’s true in life as well. We can be walking along feeling completely equipped, when the smallest little obstacles completely throw us off course. We can be feeling great about our marriage when out of nowhere a small offense causes complete unrest. We can be moving along at a beautiful pace in our health journey when an unexpected special event, or an unplanned treat take us completely off course in our thinking. We can be feeling confident in our purpose, moving along well in God‘s plan for us when one tiny little comment or ill-intentioned word causes us doubt, and throws us into a downward spiral. It truly is in these small “pebble moments of life” that are identity in Christ is our anchor. The Bible also speaks to the power of small things. Though little pebbles threaten to hinder us, conversely even the tiniest bit of faith propels and protects us. When small things sneak in at the most unexpected times and cause a spiritual “limp,” we have the assurance of faith in who we are in Christ. When our identity in Him is secure, we can literally stop what we’re doing and figuratively “dump that little pebble out” so we can get back on our divinely appointed path. You are chosen, forgiven, deeply loved, victorious, holy and fully equipped, and the cherished daughter of the King of the world. Today, remember who you are, so you can tell those small things just how big your God is!